Empty Bowls help keep bowls full

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

Once a year, the Catholic Outreach Center puts on a fundraiser to help support their Soup Kitchen. Those who participate even get an original piece of pottery as part of the deal.

Tim Wedel has been a potter in Palisade for the past 30 years. And every year since its inception in 1996, he's donated pieces of his work to the Empty Bowls Campaign.

"Empty Bowls is one of the fundraisers I support because there's such a direct result of how much work I put into it and the amount of money they get back," says Wedel.

Hundreds of hand-made bowls are donated by professional artists, and even young students. It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the people who go hungry in Mesa County.

"It helps us to become aware of the fact that people in our Valley - people go hungry,” says Sister Karen Bland, executive director of Catholic Outreach. “What it's like when you don't have a place where you can provide food. And stand in line and wait each day."

If you purchase a $25 ticket to the event, all proceeds go straight back to the Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen.

Last year the Empty Bowls campaign raised $25,000, and in 2008, the Soup Kitchen provided 78,000 meals. This year they need even more support than before.

"We're already seeing a month to month increase of five percent of people coming in," says Sister Karen.

And, if you participate in this Saturday's event, not only do you get lunch donated by local restaurants, but you also get your choice of bowl.

Here are the details:
Grand Valley Outreach
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Soup Kitchen
245 South 1st. Street

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