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Empty Bowls • Thursday, January 14th


Champlain Islands   Empty Bowls Event
The Super Bowl will have to compete with the Second Annual Champlain Islands Empty Bowls Event again this year. Repeating the success of last year’s community dinner, the Islands are planning for another Empty Bowls Community Dinner on February 6, the night before the other Bowl.

Empty Bowls, an international effort to fight hunger, raises both money and awareness about hunger around the world. Recognizing that hunger exists here, in Vermont and the Islands, a group of Islanders are busy organizing this year’s event. Leading up to our meal, island students, potters and other folks around the Islands are creating handcrafted bowls, writing haikus about hunger, and having conversations about hunger. Local restaurants and home-cooks are donating soups and bread, glasses and silverware. In exchange for a suggested donation, guests will enjoy a simple dinner of soup and bread, will take home a handcrafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

According to Hunger Free Vermont, 33% of Grand Isle County children live in food insecure households, compared to 17% for all Vermont children. 64% of Islands children are eligible for free or reduced meals, compared to 40.67% throughout Vermont.

In addition to raising awareness, the 2015 Empty Bowls event raised over $3,500, enabling the Bowls project to support three local organizations to feed Islanders and one international organization. A donation of $1,050 to Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources, Inc. (C.I.D.E.R.) covered the expenses of nearly 150 tasty and nutritious meals for seniors and home bound community members.

The Champlain Islands Food Shelf, a primarily volunteer organization, bought 1500 pounds of food from the Vermont Food Bank with the $1050 donation from Empty Bowls. Food for Thought (FFT), used the $1,050 donation to support their school and summer vacation lunch programs these funds enabled FFT to feed over 100 children in mind and body for one week last summer. Lastly, Empty Bowls made a contribution to Heifer International’s East Africa Dairy Project, making the connection that hunger is a world-wide issue.

Join us on February 6th from 4-7 PM at Grand Isle School. The Empty Bowls Event is festive and fun classes throughout the Islands decorate the cafeteria and local musicians add a cheerful note. There will be fabulous gifts on the raffle table you’ll have a good reason to get out of the house on a cold February night. AND, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of many neighbors.

For more information, contact Jodi Butler, frostycat2@aol.com or 238-6708
Posted by eriarnz@gisu.org on 2016-01-14


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