Tennessee: Empty Bowls Luncheon scheduled Oct. 23

Students at The Webb School will join other residents of Bedford County in handcrafting ceramic bowls as part of the fifth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in Shelbyville.

The event, scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, will benefit local charities Fresh Start Center and Women of Grace Ministries, according to a story submitted by The Webb School.

Empty Bowls is an international program designed to fight hunger. The Imagine Render Group started Empty Bowls in Michigan in 1990.

The original idea was that crafters and potters work with the community to create hand-made bowls, serve a meal in the bowls and ask for donations, which go to charities specific to each respective community. After the event, guests are encouraged to keep the empty bowls, leading to the name of the program.

Fresh Start Center of Shelbyville is “a refuge for men who have been in jail and want a changed life,” said pastor Jay Pope, who serves as executive director.

Women of Grace’s purpose “is to help women in crisis, including but not limited to addictions, incarceration or financial distress,” said Ardeth Obenauf, the organization’s supervisor.

via Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Local News: Empty Bowls Luncheon scheduled Oct. 23 (10/07/14).


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