This year's Empty Bowl Project looked a little different, but still helped support local food pantries.
The fourth annual Elgin Empty Bowl took place on Saturday in front of the SPJST Hall. Typically, Empty Bowl consists of restaurants serving soup to a room full of attendees and compete for awards for the best recipe. However, this year because of COVID-19, the event was changed to a drive-through event where participants bought tickets to receive a "goodie bag" in place of the usual Empty Bowl experience. The goodie bags included a hand-decorated bowl, an Empty Bowl tradition, as well as coupons from Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant, Southside Market & Barbeque, Roadhouse in Bastrop and Paige, Sonic Drive-In and Domino's Pizza.
On Saturday's event, a total of 66 people were served.
Empty Bowl is a nation-wide grassroots movement to raise money and awareness in an effort to end hunger and food insecurity. Elgin's Empty Bowl is a partnership among the restaurants and caterers throughout Bastrop County, local artists and businesses. Proceeds from the event support the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, Elgin Community Cupboard and the First Baptist Church of Elgin.
Sponsors of the Elgin Empty Bowl Project are: Elgin Evening Lions Club, Elgin Breeding Service, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op, Barbara Adkins, Cielo Water, Jay Sutton with Edward Jones, Elgin Butler Company, First National Bank of Elgin, McCrary Insurance Agency, Marc & Tesla Nash, Realtor Sandra Menley and Elgin Fertilizer Company. In-kind donors include: G&C Printing, Powell's Printing and SPJST Hall.