Last November the Empty Bowls Supper received over $15,000 in donations, with 800 people attending the event at St. Patrick’s Church in Placerville. This was the largest event ever with an increase of 30 percent in both attendance and donations. We had an outpouring of volunteers and business support. The Supper had over 200 volunteers working together to make it happen. Empty Bowls is such a positive volunteer event that we were sorry to turn volunteers away. There were more than we could use. Our business community again donated food, drinks, wine and over 100 silent auction items. We had 50 soup and bread makers. Most of the volunteers who set-up, serve and clean-up for the supper are students from El Dorado High, Ponderosa High, Union Mine High, Waldorf Schools and the Girl Scouts. Student and professional potters made the keepsake bowls that everyone took home. Volunteers made sure to make this event nearly trashless with almost everything recycled. We wish we could name all of you one by one. Please know that your generosity makes a difference in our community.
For the first year, we ran out of keepsake bowls. We had plenty of soup and the attitude of those who didn’t get a bowl was wonderful, in keeping with the aim of the event. The most common reaction was, “That’s OK, I don’t need any more things anyway.” We were very thankful for everyone’s understanding.
Each year two organizations that feed the hungry receive the funds, one local and one international. The Upper Room Dining Hall in Placerville has been the local recipient for many years and it counts on Empty Bowls donations each year to help fund its meals. It provides over 150 dinners every day to hungry people in our local community. This year the new international organization was Semilla Nueva of Guatemala. It is working to solve the problems of malnutrition at the grassroots level by helping farmers experiment with new technologies to increase their yields using sustainable practices, reduce costs and grow high-protein crops.
The wonderful music of Coloma Celtic and Doug of the Rusty Buckets created a festive atmosphere for the evening. New this year was the Benefit Concert at the Cozmic Cafe after the Supper with three bands to continue the awareness through music and dancing. Special thanks to everyone in our generous community for continuing to be part of the solution to the problem of hunger both locally and internationally.
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(And the rest of the) Empty Bowls Coordinating Committee