Soup for the soul
by Jennifer Cohron
Oct 07, 2012 | 1357 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandra Heaven shows a volunteer how to mold one of the clay bowls that will be used in the upcoming dinner. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Sandra Heaven shows a volunteer how to mold one of the clay bowls that will be used in the upcoming dinner. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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There will be no excuse for leaving empty-handed or with an empty stomach from the second annual Empty Bowls Dinner that will be held in Double Springs on Thursday, Oct. 18.

A $10 ticket includes unlimited serving of soups as well as a handmade ceramic bowl to take home. Proceeds will benefit the Winston County Arts Council and Main Street Ministries, which provides food, clothing and other necessities to between 50 and 75 families each week.

Last year’s Empty Bowls Dinner raised more than $5,000.

“If you haven’t ever been to one, it’s a real treat tasting all of those soups, and you’ll leave full and happy for supporting two good causes,” said J.D. Snoddy, who volunteers with both nonprofits.

The Empty Bowls concept began as a high school art class project in Michigan in 1990. Since then, it has grown into an international grassroots effort to fight hunger.

All participants get to keep an empty bowl to remind them of the one in six Americans and numerous others around the world who go hungry on a regular basis.

Sandra Heaven, a retired pottery instructor who assisted volunteers with making more than 500 bowls for Winston County’s upcoming event, said the bowls are designed to be practical as well as symbolic.

“We make our glazes, so everything will be food safe, dishwasher safe, microwave safe and oven safe. That way you don’t have to worry about anything except breaking it,” Heaven said.

The soups featured at the Empty Bowls dinner will be provided by area residents and businesses. Participants will vote for their favorite soup, and prizes will be awarded for the most popular entries.

Anyone interested in submitting a soup may contact Snoddy at 489-6569.

The Empty Bowls Dinner will be held Oct. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Double Springs Municipal Building.

Tickets are available locally at Young Jewelers in Jasper, Arley Public Library or Main Street Ministry in Double Springs.