Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank and its member agencies in realizing our missions of eliminating food insecurities in Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties, Ohio. Food insecurity remains high in our communities despite improvement in our local economies. The combined food insecurity rate for our three counties is only slightly lower (14%) when compared to the Ohio rate (16%) and slightly higher than the national rate (13.4%). And hunger among children is even more alarming. Ohio ranks 15th nationally with the highest food insecurity rates for children at 21.9% and in our own back yards, with a child food insecurity rate of 22.3%, nearly one in four children faces an empty bowl on a regular basis.
We can do better.
The Second Harvest Food Bank Empty Bowl events raise money locally so that we can address food insecurity locally. Local artisans (Scott Dooley, Matt Johnson, Sandy Winter, Bruce Grimes, Thelma Matthews and The Cracked Pot Studio potters) donate handmade bowls, local school art departments (Wittenberg, Springfield High School, Graham Local Middle School, and Bellefontaine High School) have their students create and donate bowls. Local restaurants and bakeries donate gallons of soups and hundreds of loaves of bread to these events (click here to see which of your favorites are on the menus). Hundreds of people volunteer on event nights and hundreds of people show up to enjoy great food and fellowship. But it’s still not enough. Bowls are still empty, children are still hungry.
We can do better. Become part of the local solution to End Hunger.
Sponsor one (or more!) of our Empty Bowls events, there’s a level to fit every budget, click on the links below.
Champign County February 28, 2019, Urbana University, 5 pm to 7 pm
Clark County, March 14, 2019, Wittenberg University, 4:30 pm to 7 pm
Logan County, May 2, 2019, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, 5 pm to 7 pm
Attend the Empty Bowls event in your county (or come to all three!)
Donate, suggested contributions are $15 per bowl–start or add to your collection
Bring your friends and family, it’s going to take all of us to fill the bowls.