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8th Annual Empty Bowls Event Coming October 13

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The 8th Empty Bowls event

in Grants Pass, Oregon will again be held at Parkway Christian Center located at 229 NE Beacon Drive in Grants Pass on Monday, October 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and are then served a simple meal of soup and bread. The handmade bowl is yours to keep as a reminder of hunger in our community.

Options is collaborating 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.

Josephine County is one of the five most food insecure counties in all of Oregon. With the still high unemployment rate and poverty level, the need for access to food is greater than ever. “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 and it is an opportunity for us to partner with the greater community who have life challenges,” says Webber.

“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, DASSH Bakery, and MaMosa’s are a few of the soup contributors to Empty Bowls.

Options’ residential clients and local artists join every year to make bowls for this event. “I enjoy watching people choose the bowl that “speaks to them”. It’s a powerful and emotional event,” says Johnson. “With our community’s generous support we do make a difference in people’s lives.”

Options is Josephine County’s Mental Health Program. The nonprofit agency annually serves approximately 5,000 children, adults and families in our community. The Josephine County Food Bank is currently providing food access to about 12,000 individuals each month.

Karla McCafferty, Executive Director of Options says, “All three of our agencies have long been community partners and have been working together to address individual, family and community issues such as poverty and hunger. Empty Bowls is truly an example of our community coming together to address a very real and desperate need.”

This year’s event sponsors are AmericanWest Bank, J. D. Fulwiler Insurance Company, and Bank of the Cascades. Please join us at the annual Empty Bowls event and help alleviate hunger 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 McCafferty.

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