Empty Bowls, Full Hearts

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Artists offer a way to feed the soul while feeding neighbors in need



Somewhere in your town, someone is going hungry tonight.  With the community’s help on Wednesday, the Arts Council of the Twin Counties means to do something about it.
The council invites the public to attend the area’s second Empty Bowls event at Galax First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a simple lunch of soup and a roll, with dessert. The goal is to make a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of people in the community.
The basic idea for Empty Bowls is simple. Participants create handmade ceramic bowls and serve a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests choose a bowl to take home and keep as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our community and the world.
In exchange for the meal and the bowl, guests give a suggested minimum donation of $10. All proceeds from the Galax event will benefit the Galax Presbyterian Church’s Backpack Buddies program, which provides children in need with backpacks full of healthy snacks on Fridays to enjoy over the weekend.
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties — in partnership with Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, area churches and businesses — sponsored the first Empty Bowls event last Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Hillsville, with soup provided by Shoney’s. All proceeds benefitted the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry.
A third event has been scheduled for April 9 in Independence at the First United Methodist Church from 4–6 p.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Backpack Buddies Ministry of Grayson County and Lamb’s Table.
The City of Galax; the towns of Fries, Independence and Hillsville; and Carroll and Grayson counties all issued this proclamation recognizing their commitment to Empty Bowls Day in their localities.
“It is important to encourage people of all ages to recognize the needs of their neighbors and to appreciate the bounty they enjoy,” the proclamation reads. “The power of the arts can be marshaled to feed more than just the soul.
“Through the serving of a simple meal of soup and bread, our community can come together to help those in need.”

• For details on Empty Bowl events, visit www.artsculturalcouncil.org.