11th annual Empty Bowls dinner set for Feb. 24
EASTON — The 11th annual Talbot County Empty Bowls community dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton. Tickets for seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. will go on sale Jan. 1 through MidShore Community Foundation at www.mscf.org.
Talbot County Empty Bowls operates with a two-fold mission: to fill local food pantry shelves and to expand ripples of awareness about food insecurity in Talbot County. Since its first dinner in 2009, Talbot County Empty Bowls has distributed $163,000 to local organizations that feed the hungry 365 days a year.
The food pantries that will receive funds raised at the 2019 Talbot County Empty Bowls community dinner include Asbury Methodist Church, Easton; Care Packs, Easton; Christ Church St. Michaels Food Panty; Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, Easton; Neighborhood Service Center, Easton; Presbyterian Church, Easton; St. Vincent de Paul Society, Easton; Scotts United Methodist Church, Trappe; Tilghman Island Food Pantry; and Union United Methodist Church, St. Michaels.
“Although the annual Empty Bowls dinner held in February is our signature event, we fundraise all year long in an effort to end hunger in Talbot County,” said planning committee member Susan duPont.
“After the dinner each year, we sell handmade and painted bowls at community events, adding more funds to the Empty Bowls kitty,” duPont said. “We speak at public events and cooperate with other organizations to enlist the people of Talbot County to help their neighbors in need.”
Talbot County Empty Bowls is operated completely by volunteers, including local high school students who create bowls and assist with serving the community dinner.
“For 10 years, every penny raised at the community dinner has been donated to organizations committed to eliminating hunger in Talbot County,” said Anna Harding, who sparked the idea for Talbot County Empty Bowls. “This is possible because of the financial support of sponsors, gifts of goods and services, and donations of bowls hand-made and painted by local artists, students and community members.”
Starting Jan. 1, Talbot County Empty Bowls supporters can paint bowls at Kiln Born Creations located at 1 S. Washington St., Easton. Bowls painted at Kiln Born are donated for the Empty Bowls dinner along with a portion of the studio fee.
Call Kiln Born at 410-770-9091 for more information. Visit kiln borncreations.com/empty-bowls to browse the gallery of bowls painted for the 2018 Talbot County Empty Bowls dinner.
Donations to Talbot County Empty Bowls are accepted year round through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Make credit card payments at www. mscf.org: specify Talbot County Empty Bowls as the fund under “Additional Information.” Mail checks, payable to Talbot County Empty Bowls, to Mid-Shore Community Foundation, 103 E. Dover St., Easton, MD 2101.
Visit www.TalbotCountyEmptyBowls.org and like Talbot County Empty Bowls on Facebook to learn more about how to participate in ending hunger in Talbot County.
Guests at the 2018 Talbot County Empty Bowls dinner choose hand-painted bowls in which their meals of soup are served. Diners take home their bowl, which becomes a reminder that, every day at meal time, someone else’s bowl may be empty.