We attended local Empty Bowl event today.
Our local Empty Bowls event is a fundraiser for Soup or Socks, a food pantry and clothes closet for area residents. It is a win-win-win situation for our community-at-large.
Win for community: Especially kids & parents who volunteered together to make the event success. Being a small and good-natured community, some of the bowls for the event are made by community members at Mother’s day Fair each year. We also have community days at an art center where for a nominal fee, we can make the bowls. Our local artists and art teachers team up; students get to design and paint the bowls while learning about civic duties. what a wonderful way to teach “looking after your brother in need”.
May I share a conversation I overheard while choosing a homemade bowl to take home?
Win for the patrons: The annual local Empty Bowls event raises much needed $$ for a local food pantry and clothes closet. Along with helping the neighbors in need, the patrons enjoy a hearty bowl of soup with a cookie and milk donated by area restaurants AND take home a handmade ceramic bowl. We shared a table with a young family and enjoyed listening to kids who proudly shared the bowls they had chosen as well as how they will use it.
Win for the neighbor’s in need: Today, working hard does not guarantee that one will have will a secure future, all their bills paid or even enough to feed the family . When more and more people are experiencing food deficit, the food pantries and community looking after themselves is essential. Empty Bowl event not only helps associated food pantries but also the patrons. Every time when we will use these bowls, we will remember, there is someone with an empty bowl somewhere. It will make us look inward and ask “what are we doing to solve the hunger issue across the nation?”
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