Empty Bowls Event Fights Local Hunger

Published on March 21, 2016

For the 19th consecutive year, the Empty Bowls Project is helping to put food on the table for hungry people in Madison County.

The popular community event will be held Friday, April 15, at First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern ByPass, Richmond. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. With a minimum $12 donation, participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl, homemade soup, bread and drink. Both meals will also feature entertainment by local musicians.   At lunch, pianist Marvin Kiper will provide the music, and the Madison Dulcimers will perform during the dinner.

All proceeds from the event will help feed local residents through four organizations: Richmond Food Bank at New Liberty Family Shelter, God’s Outreach Community Food Bank, Home Meals Delivery, and the Salvation Army of Madison County.

Local businesses, area churches and schools, and Eastern Kentucky University faculty, staff and students have united to donate their various talents and resources to ensure the event’s success.

Bowls have been made and donated by EKU art students and local professional potters.

In 1997, Richmond became the first city in central Kentucky to organize an “Empty Bowls” project. When Joe Molinaro, an EKU art professor, learned of similar events elsewhere, he began asking local churches for assistance. The request was met with immediate enthusiasm and support, and the multi-denominational event has grown every year since.

To volunteer, make a donation or to request more information, contact Dianna Ackerman at 859-661-5101 or Lora Danley at 859-200-9361.