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Annual Empty Bowls Dinner to Raise Funds for Groundworks Food Shelf PDF Print E-mail

News Release
September 2016

The 13th annual Empty Bowls dinner will take place on October 8th at Landmark College as a fundraiser for the Groundworks Collaborative Food Shelf.
In June 2015 Morningside Shelter and The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center  merged to form Groundworks Collaborative. The merged organization continues to provide all of the legacy food, shelter, and supportive service programs from Morningside and the Drop In Center which drew on the idea of providing people with a firm ground on which to stand and grow, and the sense that collaborative work in particular, is needed to help people grow beyond their circumstances.

The Steering Committee has come together to organize this 13th Empty Bowls Dinner to be held, on the beautiful Landmark College campus during Columbus Day weekend. They have been working with local potters and restaurants to arrange for the handmade bowls and delicious soups that make this event a unique joining of arts, social justice, and culinary delight.

Groundworks Food Shelf is serving more hungry households than ever before. Early last year Groundworks staff moved the entire Food Shelf into a larger space at the Drop In Center on South Main Street in Brattleboro. As a result, the number of individuals receiving emergency food assistance has reached 1,337 (292 households) in recent months. Keeping the shelves stocked with quality, nutritious food comes with a hefty price tag.

All proceeds from the October 8th Empty Bowls Dinner will support Groundworks Food Shelf.

As in previous years, the Steering Committee anticipates raising upwards of $30,000 with this one-night event. Tickets will go on sale in early September for seatings at 5pm and 6:30pm.
Each $25 ticket entitles the bearer to a simple meal of homemade soup and bread in a handmade bowl to keep. Tickets and bowls will be for sale during Brattleboro’s September and October Gallery Walks, as well as on several dates this fall at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.

Call Josh Davis, ED at 802-257-0066 x1101 for more info or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .