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Help Fight Hunger in Our Community
Photography BY Hailey Tucker
Hunger is a community-wide challenge affecting more people than you might realize. In fact, nearly one in six Blaine County residents don’t always know where they will find their next meal. To help raise awareness and funds to combat hunger locally, Boulder Mountain Clayworks, The Hunger Coalition and the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood are hosting the 4th Annual Empty Bowls event on Sunday, January 19 from 12 noon – 2 pm at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood.
During this unique community event, attendees purchase a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl for $20, then fill the bowl with delicious soups, salads, chili, bread and dessert—all donated by local chefs and caterers. Thanks to Boulder Mountain Clayworks, there will be over 300 hand-crafted and hand-painted bowls from professional and amateur artisans to select from this year.
Winter months can be especially difficult for families struggling to make ends meet, as higher heating bills put additional pressure on household budgets. “Empty Bowls is a great way to show support for community members in need,” said Jeanne Liston, Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition. “Local residents of all ages have an opportunity to share a delicious communal meal, receive a beautiful bowl, and help fight hunger in the Wood River Valley.”
Proceeds will benefit the thousands of Blaine County residents who receive food assistance and related support from The Hunger Coalition every year. For the cost of one bowl, The Hunger Coalition can provide more than a day’s worth of healthy, nourishing meals for a family of three.
Empty Bowls takes place in the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood’s cafeteria and features gourmet soups, crisp salads, hearty chili, fresh breads and delicious desserts. Participants include: Atkinsons’ Markets, Big Belly Deli, Big Wood Bread, Boca, CK’s Real Food, Cava Cava, Esta, Five Loaves, Globus, Ketchum Grill, Perry’s, Sayvour, Starbucks, Sun Valley Company, and Toni’s Ice Cream.
Bring your family and friends to Empty Bowls and enjoy a truly memorable and meaningful meal. Together, we can ensure that everyone in the community has enough healthy food to eat throughout the year.
The Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood is located at 100 Saddle Road, across from the YMCA in Ketchum. All are welcome. Admission price is the purchase of a $20 bowl. For more information, contact The Hunger Coalition at (208) 788-0121.
Photos originally from a 2011 Local Buzz article by Hailey Tucker.