The Empty Bowls Committee is currently accepting applications until March 6 from area soup kitchens and food pantries who wish to be considered as recipients of this year’s event funds. Empty Bowls is a local organization that is dedicated to the national effort of feeding the hungry. Funds are raised through an annual event and are provided to local shelters, churches and other organizations that aid in the effort.
This year’s event will be held on April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Brescia University gymnasium, located in the Moore Center at 717 Frederica Street.
Applications may be found online here.
Last year, over $8,500 was raised for Breckenridge Street United Methodist Church to help them continue to serve those in need with more than just food, but a family meal. In addition, the church collects coats, gloves, caps, and blankets and furnishes these items to the individuals they serve who may be in need in the cold months. Shoes, boots, and clothing have even been provided in instances when the need was there. The funds allowed Breckenridge Street to purchase supplies, like meat, for the meals provided at the church.
Tickets for the event will go on sale March 11 and can be purchased in advance by cash or check for $16, including sales tax, and can be purchased at the Brescia University spirit store, Bearcat Corner from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bearcat Corner is located in The Moore Center.
Only 400 tickets will be available for this event and tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. If all tickets are not presold, they will be available to purchase at the door.
Each ticket allows the ticket holder to choose a ceramic bowl from hundreds of handcrafted bowls made especially for this event through community events, by local artisans, students from Brescia University and other community schools.
Each participant at the event will then use their selected bowl to receive one of four soups made available by local chefs and churches.
Brescia’s art department supplied the clay, glaze, and location for the bowls to be created, along with iArt Studios.
Silent auction baskets of various themes donated by local organizations are also available. Empty Bowls is currently seeking donations for the silent auction.
For more information on Empty Bowls, please contact Rachel Whelan at [email protected] or 270.686.2110.