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Empty Bowls Event Benefiting Flat Rock Backpack Program in Flat Rock, NC – Apr. 29, 2018

March 9, 2018

The potters and artisans of Henderson County will present the second annual Empty Bowls event benefiting the Flat Rock Backpack Program, Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018, from 5-7pm at the Parish House at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 1905 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC.


Potters Sandra Poces and David Voorhees

Tickets are $25 per person or $50 for families. Come choose a handmade pottery bowl to keep and enjoy a simple meal of soup, breads, and desserts knowing you are supporting children with hunger needs across Henderson County.

Area potters and school groups are making and donating pottery bowls for this event, and local restaurants and bakers will prepare and donate soups, breads, and desserts for our meal. All funds go directly to purchase supplemental food to be sent home on weekends with school children. Serving 160-190 children identified by their schools as being food insecure, the Backpack Program is now in its 9th year as a volunteer organization funded through grants, donations, and fundraisers such as Empty Bowls. This event raised over $7,000 last year, approximately one-third of the yearly Backpack budget.

If you are interested in donating handmade pottery bowls, please call Carol Freeman at 703/505-5247. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call Mary Satterfield at 864/616-2698.

Tickets are available at the Parish House of St. John in the Wilderness.

For more information call 828/693-9783.

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Henderson County Potters and Artisans Sponsor Empty Bowls Dinner in Flat Rock, NC – Apr. 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

On Apr. 30, 2017, potters and artisans of Henderson County, NC, will sponsor an Empty Bowls dinner benefiting the Backpack Program at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock, NC. The event will be held from 5 to 7pm in the church Parish House, located at 1905 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.

Area potters and school groups are making and donating pottery bowls for the event, and local restaurants and bakers are preparing and donating soups, breads, and desserts for the meal.

For the past eight school years on Friday mornings, volunteers have loaded about 200 backpacks with supplemental non-perishable food for children on the free- and reduced-lunch program so that they don’t go hungry on weekends. The program provides food for students attending a day care center (year-round program), two elementary schools, one middle school, and a parochial school.

Debby Staton, coordinator of the Backpack Program at St. John, said that food is provided by MANNA Food Bank weekly and then is supplemented from grants, donations, and fundraisers like Empty Bowl. “We make sure that each child has three dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, and two snacks on a regular weekend.”

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 in a Michigan high school art class to raise funds for a food drive. Today it is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and arts organizations on a community level.

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes one handmade pottery bowl to take home, or $50 for families, which includes two pottery bowls. Limited tickets are available at the church Parish House.

Local potter David Voorhees is coordinating the event along with Staton. “One ticket will feed seven children for one weekend,” said Voorhees. “Come enjoy a simple meal, and choose a pottery bowl handcrafted by a local artisan to take home as a keepsake, knowing you are supporting children across Henderson County who are struggling with hunger every day.”

For more information, contact the Church Office at 828/693-9783 or David Voorhees at 828/698-8775.