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February 28, 2010

Empty bowls combat hunger

The phrase “soup for the soul” took on a whole new meaning Saturday with the kickoff of the ninth annual Empty Bowl Project Fundraiser at the Mill Race Farmer’s Market in Goshen.

Hosted by the Clay Artists Guild, the event got its start in 2002 as a way to both showcase the guild’s many talented artists while also drawing on the generosity of the community to help combat hunger in Elkhart County.

“For the last nine years what we’ve done is an empty bowl soup benefit where guild members make bowls and community potters donate bowls, and we throw a big soup benefit,” said guild member Jessica Koscher. “Essentially what you do is you come, pay your $15 donation, you get to pick out a bowl to keep and fill it with soup, and it all goes to charity.”

Beverages and bread were also provided during the event in addition to the soup, all of which was provided by local restaurants and guild members.

“I’d say we have about 800 bowls available this year, because we knew that’s what we had last year, and it cleared out our cupboards,” Koscher said, noting that the popularity of the event often sees patrons lined up in the hundreds waiting for the chance to pick out their bowls. “I mean last year there was one cookie left, and two pieces of bread, and no soup, so we were happy about that.”

And if the lines at Saturday’s event were any indication, this year’s crowd may very well have been the largest in the guild’s history.

“We were supposed to open at 5 p.m., but at 4:40 p.m. we were out the door, and by 5 p.m. we were down the block,” Koscher said. “Last year was our biggest year with over 800 bowls sold, so I’m not sure how we’re setting right now, but it’s looking pretty good.”

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