An Empty Bowls benefit for The Food Bank of Northern Indiana will take place Saturday, March 19, 2016, eve of the Feast of Saint Joseph, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT in Cana Hall within the Ancilla Domini Motherhouse at The Center at Donaldson. For a donation of $15.00 per person, everyone is invited to enjoy a meal of soup, home-made by the Associate Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, and bread by Earthworks.
MoonTree Studios, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, joined the international Empty Bowls effort three years ago, to raise awareness about hunger issues and food insecurity right here in our own neighborhoods. Following the established Empty Bowls model, the events at MoonTree Studios and The Center at Donaldson strive to bring our local community together to help neighbors in need who are struggling to provide basic necessities for their families. The money raised at The Center at Donaldson will be donated to The Food Bank of Northern Indiana, specifically for Marshall and Starke Counties. Some of the food pantries served are: Community Services—Starke County, Church of the Heartland Food Pantry in Knox, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and First Pentecostal Church in Knox. In Plymouth: Bread of Life Community Food Pantry, Marshall County Neighborhood Center, New Song Community Church, and the House of the Lord Food Pantry. Other Marshall County locations include: Culver Community Food Pantry, Argos UMC Shepherds Food Pantry, Bourbon Helping Hands, The Country Church and Community Food Pantry of Bremen.
The premise of the worldwide Empty Bowls efforts are simple: Local clay artists mindfully create handcrafted bowls to be sold during a supper event. Later, the public and the bowl-makers are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests enjoy a simple meal and keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world, and the profound impact that a single effort can make to end food insecurity in our community and across the globe. Tickets for this year’s Empty Bowls soup supper can be reserved by calling or emailing MoonTree Studios, or stopping by the reception desk at The Center at Donaldson. Please purchase your ticket in advance, so that we can be sure to make enough soup!
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) and United Way. Per the Food Bank’s statistics, one dollar can provide up to eight meals for those in need, and ninety-four cents of every dollar donated goes back into the communities served. Just think, our previous Empty Bowls Soup Suppers have raised over $4,200.00; in other words--over 34,000 meals!
Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. The organization reports that our nation’s food banks face overwhelming demand--1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. The Empty Bowls Project and Soup Supper at The Center at Donaldson is one way to help, here in your own community. In addition, individuals, businesses, and organizations such as MoonTree Studios and The Center at Donaldson can conduct drives for food and funds. Please make time in your schedule to make a difference. Participate in the Empty Bowls Soup Supper--your help is needed now more than ever.