Organizers of the 4th annual Empty Bowls event hope to raise $10,000 this year to continue services to food insecure residents of Logan County while adding new programs to combat child hunger in the community.
Hosted by Ohio Hi Point Career Center, the Empty Bowls offers patrons a beautifully hand-crafted bowl, made by Bellefontaine High School art students, and a simple meal of soup and bread for $15 donation per person. This year the event will take place May 4, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm. Empty Bowls is organized through the efforts of a steering committee composed of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Business Operations Coordinator, Don Juanzemis, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
Communications Coordinator, Adam Grillot, Bellefontaine High School Art Teacher, Sandy Winter, Logan Acres Director of Campus Marketing, Laura Haverkos, Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA Director of Philanthropy, Gwyn Stetler and Second Harvest Food Bank staff. Soups and breads are donated by local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Logan County Mobile Pantry and its local member agency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Soup Donors committed to date this year include Bob Evans Farms, Green Hills Community, Middleburg United Methodist Church, The Flying Pepper Food Truck, The Marketplace Café, Ohio Hi-Point Culinary Arts Students, Union Station Cafe and Brewfontaine Restaurant. Ceramic bowls are donated by various area ceramic artists including locals from The Cracked Pot Studio.
It is estimated that 14% of Logan County resident are food insecure. Food insecurity refers USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
“Empty Bowls is a wonderful way for Second Harvest Food Bank to bring the community together. The event wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses, restaurants, and individuals joining together in raising awareness to end hunger. We look forward to seeing you,” said Tyra Jackson, Executive Director Second Harvest Food Bank.
As the only food bank in Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes over six million pounds of food annually, with 648,165 pounds going directly to benefit Logan County residents, a 6.2% increase over 2016. This amount of food equates to 540,148 meals distributed to food insecure residents of Logan County. Second Harvest Food Bank’s daily operation consists of sourcing and gathering food, sorting and cataloging the food, then warehousing the inventory to be distributed to agency members throughout a three county service area.
Second Harvest Food Bank member agencies in Logan County include Buckeye Gospel Barn, Caring Friends, Caring Neighbors, Daily Bread of Indian Lake, Five Loaves Food Pantry, Give & Take, Our Daily Bread, Recovery Zone Bellefontaine, St. Vincent DePaul Bellefontaine & Russells Point, United Christian Services, and Wake Up the World Ministries. These agencies along with the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry and Senior Commodities Food Program serve seven thousand Logan County residents annually.
Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Second Harvest Food Bank is responsible for safe handling of all food products adhering to state and federal guidelines including providing member oversight to pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
For information or to become a sponsor of this year’s Empty Bowl’s event, please contact Rose Bradley at 937-325-8715 ext. 133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties, a program of Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio and member of Feeding America, serves the tri-county community by sourcing, collecting, storing and distributing over 6 million pounds of food to 72 non-profit member agencies who feed the hungry directly. Second Harvest is focused on bringing healthy, nutritious food to those in our communities struggling with hunger through innovative programs such as senior food initiatives and mobile pantry distributions.
About Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has served the most vulnerable in our community for nearly 100 years. Our programs serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger regardless of their religious background or country of origin. Our mission to enlighten, serve and empower is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we serve and
Submitted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign, & Logan Counties.