Empty Bowls serve as reminders
Ozarks Food Harvest partnered with Panera Bread and local artists to raise $1,500 at last month’s Empty Bowls event.
This was the first time since 2003 OFH hosted the event, which offered a basic meal of soup and bread from Panera in exchange for cash donations.
Guests who made a gift selected a bowl created by an artist or student to keep as a reminder of those who struggle with hunger in southwest Missouri.
Participants who donated $50 or more could select a hand-carved wooden bowl, for $10 or more donors chose a studio-made pottery piece and for $5 donors could pick a child artist’s creation.
Bowls were donated by local artists, including wooden bowls created by Mike Ilkiw, BowlsForBreasts.com; Jim Johnston, Woods & Wool; Dan McKinzie, As The Wood Turns; Ann Marie Rausch, AM Designs; and John Taliaferro, John T Woodworks.
Pottery bowls were donated by Sherri Alexander, Full Circle Pottery; Jaymee Bohannon; Nicole Chapman; Field Elementary fourth graders and the Springfield Pottery Claymobile; David Hoover, Full Circle Pottery; Bari Precious, Precious Pots LLC; Barbara Radovanovich of Sunshine Pottery; Jerry Roberts, L&R Specialties/Claydog Products LLC; and Desiree Young, Good Shepherd Pottery and Paintings.
Papier-mâché bowls were made by Jamie Diamond and family. Stoneware with drawings were created by United Way Day of Caring volunteers.