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Empty Bowls 2013

Empty Bowls Event Flyer 2013

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), or call Ellen Johnson at 541.476.2373.  Tickets are $25 each and should be purchased in advance.

 

FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARY:  Options for Southern Oregon, Josephine County Food Bank, and the Gospel Rescue Mission. Proceeds will benefit the elderly and families in our community.

 

The seventh 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 14th 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 in a handmade bowl they select and keep as a reminder of hunger in our community.

 

This year 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 the elderly and families.

 

“We are seeing an increased number of elderly folks and families accessing the Food Bank,” says Susan Schuefele, Manager for the UCAN/Josephine County Food Bank. “Food prices continue to rise and those on fixed incomes are finding themselves needing to access the Food Bank to supplement their already stretched budgets.”

 

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 Ellen Johnson, Options’ Development Director. “This is a night to honor those in need in our community.  If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.”

 

Options’ residential clients, Grants Pass High School Ceramics, and local artists like Roxanne Hunnicutt, join every year to make bowls for this event.  “Watching people choose the bowl that “speaks to them” is a delightful experience. It’s a powerful and emotional event,” says Johnson.

 

Options is Josephine County’s Mental Health Provider. The nonprofit agency serves approximately 5,000 children, adults and families each year.  The Josephine County Food Bank is currently providing food access to about 13,000 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 American West Bank, Northwest Health Foundation, 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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