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Smithville Empty Bowl filled with success

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    From left to right: Susan Gann, Melinda Lanier, Amy Pavone and Janet Newton were eager to serve up a bowl of the delicious soups.
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    A variety of beautifully crafted and decorated bowls were on hand for attendees at the Smithville Empty Bowl Project. Photos by Dock Jackson
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    Artist Tina Broussard shows her favorite bowl, which she considered very unusual.

On Saturday, the Smithville Food Pantry, Smithville Community Gardens, Lost Pines Artisan’s Alliance & Angels Unaware worked together to bring a fun, informative day to the citizens of Smithville and the surrounding areas with the Smithville Empty Bowl fundraiser. The money raised helped these organizations in an effort to end hunger and food insecurity.

The Empty Bowl Project is a national grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: potters, craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. In Smith-ville, guests were invited to a simple meal of soup and bread with desserts, tea and water also being served.

In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. A huge and appreciative crowd was greeted by cheerful volunteers with an abundance of good food on hand for them to enjoy.

Soups and breads were donated by local restaurants including Back Door Cafe, Seton Smithville Regional Hospital’s Bistro 71, Catering by Chabot, Coach Q’s Social Club, El Mexicano, Honey’s Pizza, Kay’s Cafe, Pocket’s Grille, Olde World Bakery and Your Mom’s. Silent and live auctions were held to raise additional funds.

The Empty Bowl Committee would like to thank all who helped make this event a success, including the many volunteers and generous donors.