The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will be holding our 5th annual Empty Bowls event this weekend, October 10th & 11th.
We invite you to come and learn more about the issue of food insecurity in our community and what the Food Bank does to combat it. At this casual and family-friendly affair, attendees will enjoy a serving of soup from a handcrafted ceramic bowl that they get to select and take home.
We are serving a typical meal one might receive if they were seeking assistance from one of the agencies the Food Bank serves. The soup and bread offered at the event is prepared by Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa, the Bay Area Rescue Mission, Huckleberry’s and Tony’s 2 Go. We want our guests attending Empty Bowls to understand that the agencies served by the Food Bank provide a hearty meal, but it is simple and basic.
By holding Empty Bowls in our warehouses, it gives us a chance to educate people on how the Food Bank operates. Attendees see firsthand the magnitude of our organization and they learn about the very real struggle that 1 in 8 of our neighbors have in putting food on their tables.
Some of those who attend are already supporters of the Food Bank, and we encourage people to attend who are not as familiar with the work we do. Families are encouraged to attend as this event serves as an opportunity for our youth to connect with their community.
The proceeds generated from the ticket sales and raffle tickets go towards serving the people in our community who live with food-insecurity.
Thanks to our generous donors who are helping sponsor Empty Bowls this year: Wave Broadband, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, Chevron and Diablo Magazine.
If you would like to attend Empty Bowls in Concord on October 10th or in Fairfield on October 11th, please purchase tickets at www.foodbankccs.org/emptybowls. Tickets are only $15 each or a family of four can attend for $40 (all ages).
After attending our event, it is our hope that people will use their keepsake bowl at home and it will remind them that there are people struggling daily to fill empty bowls for their families. We live in the richest and most bountiful agricultural area in the world. There is no reason people should be hungry in a country as prosperous as ours.