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Options Partners with Josephine County Food Bank for Empty Bowls Event

The 12th Annual 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 8th at 6:00 PM.  Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and then fill their bowl with gourmet soup and bread. The handmade bowl is theirs to take home as a reminder of hunger in our community.

Empty Bowls 2018

“Empty Bowls is a powerful reminder that, even amid the prosperity of our nation and our community, there are many people who struggle to feed themselves and their families,” says Kevin Widdison, director of the Josephine County Food Bank. “Join us as we reflect on our own good fortune even as we work toward helping those in need.”

Options has partnered with the Josephine County Food Bank for many years to serve people with poverty and hunger issues in our community. Josephine County is one of the most food insecure counties in all of Oregon. In fact, more than 16% of all Josephine County residents, and 25% of children don’t have adequate access to food.

The 2017 Empty Bowls Project was hugely successful with approximately 300 individuals in attendance. The event raised approximately $11,000…enough to make 55,000 meals! Local restaurants, numerous ceramic artists, and many volunteers help to make this annual event possible.

Our 2018 soup sponsors include Casa Amiga, The Laughing Clam, Twisted Cork, Wild River Brewing & Pizza, Ma Mosa’s, The Vine, Taprock Northwest Grill, Climate City Brewing Company, Powderhorn Café, Vinfarm, The Train Depot, and River’s Edge. Clayfolk, Rogue Community College Ceramics, and other local artists have generously donated their time and talent to make more than 250 beautifully handcrafted bowls for this year’s event.


Event sponsors are AllCare CCO, J. D. Fulwiler Insurance Company, First Interstate Bank, Banner Bank, and Evergreen Federal Bank.  Please join us for the 12th Empty Bowls event and help alleviate food insecurity in Josephine County. Learn more about how to keep our community healthy and see how YOU are making a difference!


WHEN:  Monday, October 8, 2018, 6:00 PM

WHERE: Parkway Christian Center’s Hull 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 Tickets are $30 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, including a Glass Forge bowl. Donations are gratefully accepted. Checks can be made out to Options and mailed to 1215 SW G Street, Grants Pass, OR  97526.

FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARY:  Options for Southern Oregon and Josephine County Food Bank. Proceeds will help food insecure adults, children and families in our community access food.

CONTACT PERSON:  Sarah Small, Development Associate at (541) 476-2373 or email at                                 [email protected]

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