Monday November 5, 2012

WALPOLE, N.H. -- Our Place Drop-in Center’s 15th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner is planned for Sunday, Nov. 4, at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole.

"Gather and Share" is the theme of this year’s soup supper event that begins at 5 p.m. with an auction preview and social hour. A highlight of the event is each attendee’s selection of a handmade bowl to take home as a reminder of those who struggle to put food on the family table. Proceeds of the dinner go toward supporting the food programs of Our Place, which include a food pantry, a daily breakfast and lunch, and nutrition education.

"We have already been promised many bowls from area potters Malcolm Wright, Virginia Wyoming, Matthew Tell, Claudia Teachman, Dan Lasser, Susan Dunning, and folks at Brattleboro Clayworks, with many others coming from all over the state," said Our Place director Lisa Pitcher. "The potters are very generous with their art."

The oldest such event in the area, the Our Place Empty Bowl has been a major fundraiser for the food pantry and daytime shelter. Potters from all over the state have donated handmade bowls, and local restaurants and other food preparers have prepared soups and other food items for the event. In addition, local businesses and individuals donate items and services for both silent and live auctions.

The Empty Bowl is part of an international effort that began in 1990 to raise money for food programs. What started as a local effort in a Michigan high school has grown into a worldwide program that has raised more than a million dollars to help fight hunger.

Tickets for the Empty Bowl are $30 and are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Real to Reel Video in Walpole or by calling Our Place at 802-463-2217.

The goal of Our Place is to offer help with food and other essential needs in a non-judgmental, safe, and respectful atmosphere. It serves families in the greater Rockingham and surrounding areas, as well as Walpole and North Walpole, N.H. More information also available at www.ourplacevt.org or on Facebook or by e-mailing ourplace@sover.net.