Empty Bowls 2021
This year's "Really" Empty Bowls Project will be April 29th at GSM Food Warehouse, 305 Clark St. The event will be a drive thru from 11 am - 5 pm. Participants will drive up and for the $10 donation receive a bowl and a coupon from one of our Soup-er Samaritan Food Sponsors.
The Empty Bowl concept should serve as a reminder of the fight against hunger both locally and globally. Those who do not have enough to eat often have only that - an empty bowl. This project provides the community an opportunity to help in a safe social distancing way while helping those who could have truly empty bowls this year due to job loss, sickness and COVID-19.
This is our largest fundraiser of the year and 90% of the proceeds from the Empty Bowls project stay here in Brown County and benefit our local hunger ministries such as the Food Pantry, Food for Thought, Homebound Program, Homeless Boxes, the Deer Project, the Pig Project and the Mobile Food Pantry. The remaining 10% is donated to an international hunger relief organization such as Samaritan's Purse, Food for the Hungry or The Heifer Project to fight global hunger.
For each $10 admission ticket, participants will receive a bowl and a coupon from local favorite restaurants. A limited number of bowls will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for participants to take home as a reminder that this event fights hunger locally and globally.
2021 FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: When is this year’s event?
A: Thursday, April 29, at Good Samaritan Ministries, 305 Clark Street. The Empty Bowls Project will be from 11 am – 5 pm
Q: What is the Empty Bowls concept?
A: The empty bowl serves as a reminder of the fight against hunger locally and globally. Those who do not have enough to eat often have only that — an empty bowl. The Empty Bowls Project provides the opportunity for the community to actively help fill the bowls of hungry individuals and families through paid admission to the event, donations and sponsorships.
Q: How does this project help the community?
A: Good Samaritan Ministries utilizes 90% of the Empty Bowls Project proceeds for the operation of the following local hunger ministries: Food Pantry, Food for Thought, Homebound Program, Homeless Boxes, the Deer Project, the Pig Project and the Mobile Food Pantry. The event also provides volunteer opportunities for family, church, business and school groups.
Q: What about the other 10% of the proceeds?
A: GSM donates the remaining 10% to an international hunger relief organization such as Samaritan’s Purse, Food for the Hungry or The Heifer Project to fight global hunger.
Q: Is hunger really a problem in Brown County?
A: Yes! GSM provides supplemental nutrition to an average of 700 families per month. We also provide weekend nutrition to approximately 190 chronically hungry schoolchildren on 15 area campuses. According to the latest Feeding America statistics, 14.8% of the populations of Brown County is food insecure, meaning that they have limited or uncertain access to food.
Q: What is this year’s goal?
A: The Empty Bowls Project is Good Samaritan Ministries’ largest fundraising activity each year. Our goal is $50,000.
Proceeds from this event supplement the other donations and grants we receive.
Q: What is the admission cost?
A: For each $10 admission ticket, participants receive a food coupon donated by area restaurants and businesses. Bowls will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for participants to take home as a reminder that this event fights hunger both locally and globally.
Q: What is new for 2021?
A: Community bowl painting for the Empty Bowls Project traditionally happens in January and February. Unfortunately, our area has been effected by another surge of the coronavirus. In an effort to do our part to keep the community as safe as possible, we are suspending bowl painting this year. Instead, we have purchased a limited number of ceramic campfire style bowls with the Empty Bowls Project logo to share with those who attend the event. We regret that there will not be opportunities for area schools, churches, nursing homes and businesses who have donated their time and talents in the past to paint bowls for the event. We hope that bowl painting will return in the future.
Q: How can I best help?
A: Pray, Pray, Pray!
Pray about being a sponsor for this event. There are several levels of sponsorship.
Consider volunteering your time the day of the event.
Be sure to attend the event! Purchase tickets in advance to share with your friends and neighbors.
Call Good Samaritan Ministries at 325-643-2273 for more information.