Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY Hosting Annual Soup Dinner to End Hunger
According to the most recent statistics provided by Feeding America, in Kentucky, 579,770 people are facing hunger - and of them 154,290 are children. That means one in eight adults and one in 7 children go without adequate nutrition on any given day. I think about kids in my son's school sitting beside him with rumbling bellies and my heart breaks for them. Or folks at the grocery who may have to put something back on the shelf because they can't afford it with how expensive everything is these days.
No one in the greatest country on Earth should ever have to worry about where their next meal will come from or rationing Ramen to make it to payday, but unfortunately, that is a harsh reality a lot of people face. That is why I am so thankful for Empty Bowls and the work they do here in Owensboro raising money for organizations doing their part to end hunger in the area. Last year, they raised $30,000 to be split between Alive Community Outreach and The Shepherd's Hand!
One of the ways in which they gather funds is through their annual soup dinner which happens this Thursday at the Riverpark Center, October 26th at 6 PM. Thanks to many generous donors, this creative fundraiser brings the community together in a really special way. Yeah, folks come and eat soup, but there is a really cool element to the event. You get to choose a one-of-a-kind bowl to eat that soup in and then take it home as a reminder of the gift you gave and the people who are helped by your support.
"Owensboro area (and beyond!) potters, students, and community members create beautiful, ceramic bowls which are purchased for a donation to include a simple dinner of soup and bread. Proceeds from the dinner and a silent auction remain in the community and are awarded to local food pantries or soup kitchens that aid in our mission and goal."
For tickets and more information, visit the Empty Bowls Facebook page or website. It's officially soup season, so this is a perfect way to give back to the community and have a great evening. Yours truly will be the emcee for the evening and Randy Lanham and Jeff Hardesty will provide entertainment. Last year's recipients will also give an update on how the funds have been utilized.
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