Helping fill the bowls of hungry neighbors

Angie Mayes • Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The seventh annual Empty Bowls Luncheon took place Saturday in Lebanon. 


Empty Bowls raises money for the Wilson County Community Help Center and is one of the main fundraisers for the nonprofit organization.

“Everyone who comes in is making a $20 donation for the food pantry,” said Wilson County Community Help Center executive director Ben Spicer. “The money goes directly to the food pantry. That $20 will freed eight people one meal or one person about three days.”

He said the Help Center’s donations don’t always equal the number of meals served, so the staff has to “do a lot of purchasing.” He said they can take money or non-perishable food items.

“We can take pork and beans, because they’re a high-protein source,” he said. “[We can also take] soups, saltine crackers, canned meats like pasta with meats.”

He asked that people not donate tuna because “we have plenty of tuna.”

The bowls were made through the spring and summer, and those in attendance got a bowl for their $20 donation. They could also buy additional bowls for $5 each.

“We want to remind people that there are empty bowls out there that need to be filled,” Spicer said.

Four different types of soup were served to those in attendance. There was also a thrift store fashion show and a silent auction. The Doo Wops and Feelin’ Groovy provided music.


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