Hope, Not Hunger was the theme of this year's 10th Annual Empty Bowls, a fundraiser that benefits Loaves & Fishes and Urban Ministries Food Pantry--local agencies that provide thousands of meals every year to struggling families and individuals in Clarksville-Montgomery County.
It was the fifth time hosting for Grace Lutheran Church on Madison Street, one of three churches serving lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Five other churches participated by serving dinner from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dawn Thomack was this year's Coordinator of Empty Bowls for Grace Lutheran Church. “I ask for volunteers for our location,” Thomack said. “They make soup and help sell tickets. I also work with other volunteers on the Empty Bowls committee. We try to get tickets out into the community and work with our corporate sponsors.”
Thomack says the call goes out about a month ahead of time for the volunteers who will actually do the prep work and serve at the event.
“It takes about 15 -20 of us at Grace Lutheran to make it happen,” Thomack said. “This year we have a big variety of soups. Loaded potato Soup is always popular. We also have white chicken chili, vegetable beef, and a delicious sausage tortellini. The soups are served with assorted breads and a variety of homemade desserts.
“Our goal in terms of attendance at our annual event is 200. Today we will be serving 225 people at lunch.”