11th an­nual Empty Bowls din­ner set for Feb. 24

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

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.

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