Empty Bowls raises record
proceeds for Bounty & Soul

October 29, 2014


The smell of delicious soup wafted through the doors of the Upper Fellowship Hall at the annual Empty Bowls event.

The Service Program Office organizes the annual Empty Bowls event, which is aimed at reducing hunger in impoverished areas by bringing together potters, educators and community members to create beautiful, handcrafted bowls. Guests are asked to provide a donation in exchange for a hand-crafted bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread. The event is part of a national movement to provide local community funding and education about food insecurity and how communities can come together and end hunger. The bowl serves as a reminder of those who are hungry and have empty bowls themselves.

For the past sixteen years, Warren Wilson has been one of many organizations hosting an Empty Bowls event. This year, the College boasted an excellent showing with 135 people coming out to support the cause. All of the proceeds were allocated to Bounty and Soul, an organization dedicated to serving healthy produce to families living in low income situations.

Produce is salvaged from farmers’ fields, grocery stores and virtually any organization that is willing to provide nutritious fruits and vegetables. Near the end of the meal, the Service Program Office was proud to announce that a record $1,983 had been raised from ticket sales and the raffle drawing. Soup was generously donated by LAB, Chestnut and Sunny Point Café; bread was donated by Farm and Sparrow Bakery, West End Bakery and Cowpie Café. Raffle prizes were generously donated by Blacksmith Crew, Fiber Arts Crew, Recycling Crew and the WWC Bookstore. Students in art professor Leah Leitson’s Ceramics II class made the unique bowls.

By Media Crew member Gabe Whitlock ’16