Candle Light Cove residents to paint 'Empty Bowls'
Senior living community assists Talbot County group's fundraising effort
The painting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the senior living community located at 106 West Earle Avenue in Easton. Donations will be sought to cover the cost of bowls for residents to paint. The bowls then will be donated to the local Empty Bowls project.
The 12th annual Talbot County Empty Bowls community dinner will be held on Feb. 23 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Route 50. There will be seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
"We are excited to be a part of such a great cause along the Eastern Shore," said Tami Weber, Community Relations Director at Candle Light Cove. "According to the history of the Empty Bowls, the artwork of Lisa Blackburn and teacher John Hartom inspired the Talbot County Empty Bowls project. Hartom's students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes and these bowls later were used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl as a reminder that, although they had just eaten, many people's bowls remained empty."
In 1990, Hartom and other participants developed this concept into "Empty Bowls," an organization created to promote the project. Three decades later, Empty Bowls raises millions of dollars for hunger-related causes worldwide.
According to its website, Talbot County Empty Bowls operates with a two-fold mission: to fill local food pantry shelves and to expand ripples of awareness about food insecurity in Talbot County. Since its first dinner in 2009, Talbot County Empty Bowls has distributed $199,000 to local organizations that feed the hungry 365 days a year.
The non-profit organizations that will receive funds raised at the 2020 Talbot County Empty Bowls community dinner are: Asbury Methodist Church, Easton; Care Packs, Easton; Christ Church St. Michaels Food Pantry; Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, Easton; Neighborhood Service Center, Easton; Presbyterian Church, Easton; St. Michaels Community Center Food Pantry; St. Vincent de Paul Society, Easton; Scotts United Methodist Church, Trappe; and Tilghman Island Food Pantry.
"One thing that is great about Empty Bowls is that every dollar raised from donations, bowl sales and ticket sales for the local community dinner goes to Talbot County organizations that address hunger in our community," Weber said. "This is a chance for those of us who eat without worry to reach out to those who are less fortunate and would consider such a meal to be a luxury."
Tami Weber, Community Relations Director