Empty Bowls Dinner Raises Money for Talbot County Food Pantries

The 2nd annual Talbot County Empty Bowls community dinner held on Saturday, February 21 raised close to $5,000 for eight food pantries located in Easton, Trappe and St. Michaels. Thanks to the many donations of bowls, food and volunteer time, every penny raised will be used to feed people in need throughout Talbot County.

Special thanks go out to Clay Bakers in Easton, where people of all ages came to paint bowls that were donated for the meal. Other businesses that supported the fundraiser were Panera Bread, which donated bread, and Acme, which provided flowers for the tables.  The planning committee is also grateful to Immanuel Lutheran Church, which provided the space for the meal, and to Mid-Shore Community Foundation, whose staff, for the second year, managed reservations, financial contributions and disbursement of funds to the food pantries.

Anna Harding, chair of the Talbot County Empty Bowls steering committee, adds, “I also want to thank our students Rachel Hamburger and Cassidy Towers who helped bus tables, and all of the cooks who made soup and baked cookies for the meal. Their generosity, along with the creative efforts of our local professional potters, the children from White Marsh Elementary School who made bowls in their art class and the community members who painted bowls at Clay Bakers, made it possible for us to host 155 people for the dinner and to exceed our 2009 fundraising goal by almost $1,000.”

The extraordinary success of Empty Bowls in Talbot County has prompted the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to explore expansion of the program in the region.  Stuart Bounds, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, explains, “We are delighted that the Talbot County Empty Bowls planners have agreed to meet with groups throughout the region to replicate this model throughout the five-county area.”

The Mid Shore Community Foundation is still accepting donations for the Empty Bowls cause. For more information contact, Robbin Hill at 410-820-8175 or donate online at www.mscf.org.

Planning for the 2011 Empty Bowls dinner will begin in May. Anyone interested in joining the steering committee can email EMPTY_BOWLS_EASTON_MD@POBox.com.