Tribune-Courier features editor
Marcella’s Kitchen volunteers and members of the community are gearing up for the second annual Empty Bowl Project. The program will raise money to help feed the hungry of Marshall County.
The fundraiser will be held on April 13 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Marshall County High School Commons. Tickets cost $15 and will be on sale March 1.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise, say the founders, is simple: craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a meal in exchange for a cash donation. Guests of the event may keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger.
The 2012 inaugural Empty Bowl Project of Marshall County raised $13,122.
Members of the community have gotten behind the cause by painting bowls at Funky Monkey Pottery Company in Draffenville. During the past weekend, the company held a “Galze-a-thon” in honor of the project. Over 200 bowls were painted, prepped and donated.
Cost of the bowls range from $10 - $18 and are being accepted through March 30 in order to be fired in the kiln, washed and prepared in time for the event on the 13th.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at Marcella’s Kitchen, behind Johnny’s Barber Shop in Draffenville, Mon. - Fri. from 11 a.m. - 1p.m., at WCBL Radio in Benton, and WCCK in Calvert City.
The food donations so far include: Brass Lantern, Calvert City Drive-In (Cheeseburgers), Cracker Barrel (Dumplins), Dirty Rice Boys (Cajun rice), First Baptist Church in Benton, Hardin Baptist Church, Habanero Mexican Grill, Holy Smoke of Pathway Baptist Church (Barbecue), Hutchins BBQ, Leigh Thistlethwaite (Chicken Gumbo), Majestic Steak House, Ponderosa and Zion’s Cause Baptist Church.