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marshaling the arts to feed more than just the soul


  •  Potters, craftspeople, teachers, students & others create hand crafted bowls

  • Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup & bread for a $10 donation (cash or checks)

  • Guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world

  • All proceeds will go directly to benefit local food banks

 Join us at the Empty Bowls event in your town!

Somewhere in your town, someone is going hungry tonight.  With your help, we can make a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of our neighbors.   Plan to join us for one or all of the EMPTY BOWLS meals in March.

Suggested donation at each event is $10/person.  At each event you’ll enjoy great food and music and take home a souvenir pottery bowl!  If you are a maker of great desserts (or know someone with an amazing recipe) you can arrange to donate a dessert or rolls for the event by calling the Arts Council at 276-238-1217.  

Wednesday, March 11th from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Warrick Hall behind the First Presbyterian Church in Galax
200 West Center Street ~ Featuring Shoney’s ’made from scratch’ soup

Thursday, March 19th from 11:00am to 1:30pm
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Hillsville
225 Fulcher Street ~ Featuring Shoney’s ‘made from scratch’ soup

Saturday, March 28th from 4:00pm to 6:30pm  VFW Post 7726, 115 Klondike Road, Independence

Featuring Soup, Bread & Desserts by Mountain View Baptist Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, and FUMC-Independence

Call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217  for more information.

As always, we are indebted to our partners, The Chestnut Creek School of the Arts and the CCSA Pottery Studio. They, along with the Carroll County Middle and High School students are responsible for producing the majority of the souvenir bowls.  At the Independence Empty Bowls, we are joined by Potter Hannah Martin of HeartMoss Pottery.  We also could not host such successful events without our partners who generously donate their halls for the events:  VFW Post 7726 in Independence,  First United Methodist Church in Hillsville and the First Presbyterian Church of Galax.  Brian Spencer and Shoney’s donate their ‘made from scratch’ soup for the Hillsville and Galax lunches and we are are thrilled to welcome our new partners, Mountain View Baptist Church and FUMC-Independence who are providing the food for Empty Bowls Independence.

There are too many volunteers and helpers to list and so, THANK YOU!  You know who you are and we hope you know how very much you are needed and appreciated.


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