PUTNEY -- The ninth annual Empty Bowls Dinner, a benefit for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and dedicated this year to the memory of Melinda Bussino, will take place on Saturday, with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall at Landmark College.
For a $25 donation, guests will be served a simple, nutritious meal of soup, bread, cheese, apples, beverage and dessert, and will enjoy live music. Afterward, guests are invited to keep the bowl from which they ate as a reminder of the many people who go hungry each day in our community and beyond.
Empty Bowls is made possible by dozens of volunteers ranging from ceramic artists who begin making bowls early in the summer, to high school students who help serve and clean up on the night of the dinner. Area businesses and restaurants contribute food, beverages, desserts and supplies, and local professional musicians provide entertainment.
Empty Bowls is an annual, worldwide event that raises hunger awareness as well as funds to fight hunger. In Brattleboro, the dinner is sponsored by Brattleboro Clayworks (a potters’ cooperative and ceramics resource center) and Landmark College, which hosts the dinner, as well as Brattleboro Savings & Loan, New Chapter and The Trust Company of Vermont. All proceeds are donated to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center.
The dramatic rise in food prices in recent months has meant that the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center has seen a tremendous increase in requests for food and other services. More than 7,100 individuals rely on the Drop In Center, and of these, many are working poor-people who are fully employed, but whose wages do not cover their basic living expenses. Half of all the people who are served by the Drop In Center are children and senior citizens. The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center also operates an overflow shelter in the winter at the First Baptist Church, in conjunction with Morningside Shelter.
Tickets to the Empty Bowls Dinner are $25 and can be reserved by calling 800 852-4286, ext. 108. Tickets will also be available at Everyone’s Books and The Shoe Tree in Brattleboro, and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. Visit www.brattleboroclayworks.com and www.brattleborodropin.org/bowls.html to learn more about the Drop-In Center and the event.