Fill a ‘keepsake’ bowl with soup for yourself and raising money for others in need

Seen in image above: Examples of handcrafted bowls made by volunteers that will be filled with soup and then taken home by donors. Courtesy photos.

WILLIAMSBURG — Community Food Share is hosting its 2nd Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, February 10 at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church from noon until 2 p.m. Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots movement to end hunger.

This unique fundraising event allows participating artists and groups to create and donate handcrafted bowls and then serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, one hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens.

Tickets for this edition of Empty Bowls are $25 each and go on sale this Wednesday, Jan. 17. The lunch will include soup, bread and refreshments all donated by local caterers and bakeries. The ceramic soup bowls have been individually created and donated by over a dozen potters from our community.

Musical Entertainment will be provided by Kayla Droppo on the piano.

All proceeds will go to support Community Food Share.

“Last year’s event sold out very quickly,” said Community Food Share Administrator Ian McKelvie. “I anticipate that the tickets for this year’s Empty Bowls will snapped up just as fast. We are very fortunate that Debbie Gilmer and her team of potters were able to create 150 hand-crafted bowls which allows us to sell 20 more tickets than last year.”

“We hope to raise even more funds this year,”added McKelvie, with ScotiaBank in Morrisburg and Chesterville selling tickets on our behalf and providing matching funds for ticket sales at those branches.

Tickets for Empty Bowls 2018 will be available at Cup of Jo’s in Winchester and at ScotiaBank in Chesterville and Morrisburg, starting Jan. 17.

For further details go to or call 613-898-0781.

Update: An earlier version of this article reported that tickets are on sale “now.” Organizers have since changed the start of ticket sales to Wed., Jan. 17.


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