ABOUT THIS EVENT

Feeding Community…Together

There’s an energy and a warm feeling that fills the room at Empty Bowls.  People from all over Northwest North Carolina come together to share a simple meal with a simple mission: to end hunger.

It is truly a community led event: local restaurants donate pots of their signature soups, local potters donate handcrafted bowls, and the community comes together to share a meal, raise funds, and promote awareness of the high levels of food insecurity that too many of our neighbors face.

For 17 years, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina has organized this beloved local event, this year adding in a dinner event.  Year round, Second Harvest Food Bank works to reclaim food that would otherwise go to waste and get it to the seniors, children, and families in need. Beyond food, Second Harvest works to eliminate the root causes of poverty by helping move residents into family-supporting wage jobs in the food industry, working collaboratively on place-based initiatives, and by advocating for community action and policies that support our neighbors who are at risk of hunger.  The success of this Winston-Salem tradition comes from the support that we receive each year from our community of sponsors, local restaurants, friends, supporters, local chefs, artists and YOU.

THE ORIGIN OF OUR EMPTY BOWLS EVENT

Remember the old fable about Stone Soup? Well, that’s where this all began.

There is a fable about a hungry traveler who arrived in a village where the residents were also hungry. Each thought that they had nothing to spare.

From door to door the traveler begged, but no one could spare a meal. Turned away at the last house, the traveler announced that he would have to make stone soup. He pulled out a stone and a pot, and lit a fire. “Can I bother you for some broth?” he asked a villager. She said that yes, in fact, she did have broth to spare.

“This would be better with a carrot,” he mused.  Another villager did, in fact, have a carrot to spare.

“An onion would add flavor,” he said aloud. Another village presented an onion.

It went on like this, each villager contributing one ingredient, until a huge pot of soup was created. With each villager giving what they had, there was enough for all.

THE EMPTY BOWLS EVENT TEAM

Carolyn Breese

Carolyn Breese

Director of Development and Community Relations

Favorite soup: Chicken

Chelsey Wilson

Chelsey Wilson

Development Manager - Special Events

Favorite soup: Tomato Basil

Gwen Frisbie-Fulton

Gwen Frisbie-Fulton

Communications and Digital Content Manager

Favorite soup: Gazpacho

Sarah Stitzel

Sarah Stitzel

Committee Chair 2018

Favorite soup: Matzo Ball

Ashley Bonner

Ashley Bonner

Communications and Digital Content Manager

Favorite soup: Chicken

Tomi Melson

Tomi Melson

Volunteer

Favorite soup: Menudo

April McDaniel

April McDaniel

Development Coordinator

Favorite soup: Zuppa Toscana

Elaine Stevenson

Elaine Stevenson

Volunteer

Favorite soup: Vegetable

Tina Faughan

Tina Faughan

Director of Client Services

Favorite soup: Butternut Squash

Debbie Lentz

Debbie Lentz

Volunteer

Favorite soup: Chicken Corn Chowder

Not pictured:  Tammy DiCicco, Linda Hill and Linda Malone
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