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10th Annual Empty Bowls

The 10th Annual Empty Bowls Project takes place at Parkway Christian Center on Monday October 10th from 6–8 PM.

“Many people believe that hunger only affects a small sector in our community and don’t realize many people who struggle with hunger every day are, in fact, their neighbors.”

~ Ellen Johnson, Development Director at Options for Southern Oregon

2016 10th Annual Empty Bowls benefit event

WHEN:  Monday, October 10, 2016

WHERE: Parkway Christian Center, 229 NE Beacon Drive, Grants Pass, OR (across from Fred Meyer)

TICKETS:  Available at Options for Southern Oregon, 1215 SW ‘G’ Street, Grants Pass or purchase online at www.optionsonline.org. (click Events; then click on Empty Bowls link; scroll to bottom of page). Tickets are $25 each and should be purchased in advance.  Ticket price includes a beautiful handmade bowl to take home. There will also be a silent auction of unique pottery during the event.

FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARIES:  Options for Southern Oregon, Josephine County Food Bank, and the Gospel Rescue Mission. Proceeds will help children and families in our community access food.

CONTACT PERSON:  Ellen Johnson, Development Director at 476-2373 or email at [email protected]

Details

The 10th Annual Empty Bowls event in Grants Pass, Oregon will take place at Parkway Christian Center on Monday, October 10th from 6–8 p.m. Parkway Christian Center is located at 229 NE Beacon Drive in Grants Pass.  Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and are then served a bowl of soup and bread. The handmade bowl is theirs to take home as a reminder of hunger in our community. “Last year’s event was amazing.” says Ellen Johnson, Development Director for Options. “We like to sell tickets ahead of time so that we can plan ahead. We always plan for extra people who buy tickets at the door, but we set up at least a half dozen more tables over and above that last year. The community support is always so fabulous!” Johnson also says that this year entry into the event will be reorganized so avoid long lines and waiting.

“Our agencies provide a vital source of hope and support for so many of the vulnerable people in our community,” says Options Executive Director, Karla McCafferty.

Event Mission and Beneficiaries

Options collaborates with the Josephine County Food Bank and the Gospel Rescue Mission to host the annual Empty Bowls event.  The three agencies see a great need to provide food and access to food for an increasing number of people in our community, especially children and their families.  All three agencies have long been community partners in addressing poverty and hunger issues in our community.

Josephine County is one of the most food insecure counties in all of Oregon. The unemployment rate and the level of poverty our County is still high compared to state and national statistics.   “Many people believe that hunger only affects a small sector in our community and don’t realize many people who struggle with hunger every day are, in fact, their neighbors,” says Ellen Johnson, Development Director at Options for Southern Oregon.

Parkway Christian Center Pastor, Dennis Webber, says that the Empty Bowls Project is core to the values we all live by that bring joy and meaning to life. “People doing things together is better than doing it alone. It is an opportunity for us to partner with the greater community who have life challenges,” says Webber.

Event Contributors

“We so appreciate our local restaurants who donate gourmet soups and homemade bread for this special night,” says Johnson. “This is a night to honor those in need in our community.  If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation or purchase a ticket so that a client might attend.” Casa Amiga, The Laughing Clam, Rosso’s Trattoria, The Bohemian, Twisted Cork, Wild River Pizza and Ma Mosa’s are a few of the soup contributors to this year’s Empty Bowls.

Clayfolk and other local artists are joining together to make bowls for this year’s event. “This is the most powerful event that Options does.” says Ellen Johnson, Development Director for Options. “Food and housing are issues our community needs to address.” Options is Josephine County’s Community Mental Health Program. The nonprofit agency annually serves more than 4,000 children, adults and families in our community.

This year’s event sponsors are J. D. Fulwiler Insurance Company, Bank of the Cascades, AllCare CCO, PrimaryHealth CCO, and Banner Bank.  Please join us at the annual Empty Bowls event and help alleviate food insecurity in Josephine County. Our local event is an opportunity to discuss food and hunger in our community.  Learn more about how to keep our community healthy.

“Our agencies provide a vital source of hope and support for so many of the vulnerable people in our community,” says Options Executive Director, Karla McCafferty.

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