2013-03-09 / News

Empty Bowls Project fundraiser set for March 17

BALTIMORE – Requests for assistance for food, utilities, rent, prescriptions etc. are up, according to Community Chest and Baltimore-Thurston Food Pantry volunteers.

The Empty Bowls Project is sponsoring a fundraiser on Sunday, March 17, at the Baltimore VFW, 2155 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Rd. to collect donations for both organizations.

Eight area churches – Baltimore United Methodist, Christ United Methodist, Faith Lutheran, New Zion United Methodist, St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, Thurston United Methodist, and Trinity United Church of Christ – are preparing hundreds of bowls of homemade soup. In return for a bowl of delicious soup, they are asking for donations for Community Chest and the Baltimore-Thurston Food Pantry.Serving begins at 4:00 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. Last year, this event served soup to more than 400 people and raised nearly $3,800. This year’s goal is to surpass that.

New this year is a silent auction featuring items from celebrities Jack Hanna, Hope Taft, Gordon Gee and Zach Boren as well items from local artists Michelle Stitzlein and Kathy McIntire, Coach Dan Johnson, the Community Chest, Sheriff Dave Phalen, the Liberty Union Interact Club and Mike LeMay. The silent auction runs until 5:45 p.m. A live auction with Doug Leith as auctioneer begins at 6:15.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international movement that began in the early 1990’s and has since raised millions of dollars in donations to help hungry people. It was founded by several Michigan school teachers whose students wanted to raise money to help the local hungry. They decided on a fundraiser dinner of simple soup and bread served on dishes students made in art class.

Contact Rebeka Maples, 862- 6943, or Jill Dunlap, 862-4222 for more information.

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