Homemade soup and handcrafted bowls by local potters will be the highlight at the Central Vermont Empty Bowl Benefit, a fundraiser for the Vermont Foodbank, on Sunday, February 16 from 4:30pm to 7pm at The Mud Studio in the Red Hen complex on Route 2 in Middlesex. Those attending the event will select a ceramic bowl to take home and will be offered two choices of soup to either eat at the studio or carry out.
“We thought that if people took their empty bowl home with them, it would serve as a reminder that there are many Vermonters whose bowls are literally empty every day,” said Mike Sullivan, owner of The Mud Studio. The studio, which is organizing and sponsoring the event, offers classes for all ages and provides gallery space for the work of local artists and craftspeople.
The Vermont Foodbank, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, distributed food to some 86,000 Vermonters in 2013 through its network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. According to Vermont Foodbank Executive Director, John Sayles, one out of seven Vermonters struggles with food insecurity every day, including more than 25,000 children. “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Mud Studio for this event,” said Sayles. “These are tough times for Vermonters and every bit helps to ensure that everyone in our community has enough to eat.”
A number of businesses have already stepped up to support the event. Cabot Creamery, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Dog River Farm, Hunger Mountain Coop, North Branch Café, Pete’s Greens, Red Hen Bakery, Sarducci’s, Willow Moon Farm, and several professional area potters have all signed on to make this event a huge success for the Vermont Foodbank.
The minimum adult donation is $25, which includes a bowl, soup and accompaniments. Children under 5 are free and tickets for ages 5 to 18 are $5 for a meal only. All proceeds will go the to the Vermont Foodbank.