14th Empty Bowls raises $30K

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PUTNEY — The 14th Southern Vermont Empty Bowls Dinner at Landmark College attracted more than 600 attendees on Oct. 7.

Through the support of sponsors, potters, local restaurants, diners, and those who purchased bowls, the event raised more than $30,000, one of the largest fundraisers this year for Groundwork Collaboratives' Food Shelf. The amount raised has the potential of assisting more than 1,000 food insecure households in the surrounding area.

This community event was run by more than 50 volunteers, from families to local organizations to committed individuals. Alan Steinberg, of Brattleboro Clayworks, has been serving on the Empty Bowls steering committee for all 14 years.

At the start of the event, hundreds of diners lined up outside the doors of the Landmark dining hall, hoping to be the first in line to get that perfect bowl made by local artisans. After choosing their favorite bowl, attendees enjoyed a variety of soups, bread, apples, crackers, yogurt, and ice cream as part of the meal.

The Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Chartwells Landmark, Chelsea Royal Diner, Entera Catering, Putney Food Co-op, Terri Ziter Catering, Duo, The Gleanery, World Learning, Katy's Great Food, New England House, Whetstone Station Restaurant, Superfresh! Organic Caf , Ramunto's, and Vermont Country Deli donated this year's soups, which ranged from borscht to butternut bisque to Turkish lentil. Food donors included Grafton Village Cheese, Westminster Crackers, Cabot Cheese, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Green Mountain Orchards, Against the Grain Gourmet Foods, Commonwealth Dairy, and Orchard Hill Breadworks.

Any other organizations interested in providing donations for the 2018 event can contact Scott Sharland at scott.sharland@mail.sit.edu.

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