Pull up a bowl for Nov. 11 'Memphis Empty Bowls Project' to fight hunger


By Steve Garcia, St. John's UMC, Memphis
In case you haven’t heard, bowls are “in” these days. In fact, they are HUGE! What kinds of bowls, you ask? All kinds of bowls. Big bowls, small bowls, wood bowls, bowls with polka dots, and bowls with peace signs on them. You name it, and it’s in. Especially empty bowls.

So why all the fuss? Well, it’s simple. Empty bowls bring awareness to the fact that there are people around us who are hungry. Did you know that Memphis has been cited as both the hungriest and poorest city in our nation? This is the perfect opportunity for churches, businesses, artists and other people in Memphis and the surrounding area to roll up their sleeves and feed some people.

What is the Memphis Empty Bowls Project?
The concept is simple: Potters, artisans, educators and others around the Memphis area create handcrafted bowls to sell and raise funds to fight hunger. In exchange for a minimum $20 donation, guests are invited to a delicious, simple dinner of soup and bread donated by twelve local area restaurants on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, located at 1115 Union Avenue in Memphis.
Guests are also invited to take home one of the beautiful, handcrafted bowls as a reminder of the bowls that go empty in the Memphis area, as well as the inspiring work being done in our community to fight hunger.
Money raised through the event will be donated to:
Get Involved
There are many opportunities for you to help impact hunger in the Memphis area through the Memphis Empty Bowls Project:
  • Purchase tickets and attend the event on Nov. 11.  [Tickets may be purchased online at www.memphisemptybowls.com or by calling (901) 726-4104.]
  • Bid on silent auction items at the event. Many local artists and restaurants have contributed items. See items up for pre-bid on our Facebook page!
  • Volunteer to help prepare for the event or serve on the day of the event.
  • Email jaimewinton@comcast.net or sarahlranson@gmail.com for more information on to get involved.
To be clear, the Empty Bowls initiative is about more than just raising funds. It's also about bringing the community together to think about the issue of hunger and how we can combat this problem in our city. This event brings together children, artists, restaurants, businesses, and community members in the common cause of not only eliminating empty bowls, but in raising awareness around the issue of food insecurity in our city.
  • 17 local potters have donated bowls.
  • 8 schools are creating bowls.
  • Paint a Piece and Seize the Clay are offering a special price to community members who paint bowls to donate to the project.
  • 12 local restaurants have donated soup to be served at the event

Thank you to all of the artists, restaurants, schools, and other people and organizations for their many gifts and continued leadership. This event will go a long way toward helping to stop hunger and food insecurity in the Memphis area. Sign up today to attend or help with the event. There’s a bowl with your name on it!

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