Having food to eat is a basic human right, but so many people throughout our country do not know where their next meal will come from. That’s why every year The Empty Bowls Project of Paducah holds an event to benefit the Community Kitchen and feed thousands of people.
Event coordinators of the Empty Bowls Project hope to raise over $20,000 in 2018. This year’s Empty Bowls Project of Paducah will be held Saturday, February 24, from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Julian Carroll Convention Center.
While the charitable lunch lasts a mere two-and-a-half hours, the time it takes to prepare for the February event is much more significant. Local artist and Empty Bowls organizer, Michael Terra, coordinates efforts with the Paducah School of Art and Design to help make all the bowls given away at the event.
Terra invites volunteers, which include community residents, local artists and school children, to throw and glaze nearly 1,700 ceramic bowls each year. These handmade bowls are used to serve food and Empty Bowls participants are invited to take one home as a commemorative gift.
“Coordinating this event is always awe-inspiring to me,” said Terra. “So many of our neighbors gather to support the most fragile members of our community. When it all comes together, and I stand in that room filled with such laughter and joy, I am simply humbled and overwhelmed by Paducah’s generosity.”
In addition to the volunteers’ service, about 15 local restaurants donate the food which is served at the event. Etcetera Coffeehouse and Pepsi Mid-America donate drinks. Those donations make the event affordable for Terra and the Community Kitchen to host.
“We are blessed to live in a community where people care about one another,” said Sally Michelson, Community Kitchen Executive Director. “Our job at the Kitchen goes beyond serving meals to those in need. It extends to loving people where they are and showing them the love of Christ through our actions. The money raised through the Empty Bowls Project and the hard work of those who partner with us in this event allows us to continue to share that love.”
The Community Kitchen served over 70,000 meals in 2017 and those numbers continue to grow each year.
Tickets to the 2018 Empty Bowls Project of Paducah cost just $15 and will be available on the date of the event. Or, you can purchase them in advance at Terra Cottage Ceramics Studio, located at 514 North 7th Street, in Paducah.
The Julian Carroll Convention Center is located at 415 Park Avenue. Call 270.908.0090 for more information.