The work that the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center does depends on fundraising—through donations, grants and its two annual events. Those events—the Empty Bowl Project and Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger have been extremely well attended and much acclaimed; their success is absolutely essential to the Food Pantry to fulfill its mission and to buffer the uncertainty of grant funding.
2018’s Elgin Empty Bowl Project was a great success! Read about the 2018 event here.
Communities throughout the U.S. have adopted the “empty bowl” theme as a springboard to educating the public about poverty and to funding local efforts to identify and meet head-on the causes of poverty and to alleviate the food uncertainty of those living in poverty or on the precarious edge of poverty in their communities.
This Elgin event, raises critically needed funds to meet the need, provides attendees an opportunity to sample soups, stews and chilies prepared by some of Elgin’s best chefs in a “battle of the ladles” for bragging rights. Celebrity judges will tag “bests” in each category, and attendees will vote their “fan favorite”. Each ticketed attendee will also take home a ceramic soup bowl, hand decorated and designed by Elgin ISD students.
The Empty Bowl is a grassroots movement sponsored by food banks, artists, local and corporate businesses, and others throughout America to raise money and awareness in an effort to end hunger and food insecurity. Each group that participates in the Empty Bowl Project works with its community to create its own event. Bastrop’s Empty Bowl is a partnership among the restaurants and caterers throughout Bastrop County, local artist, and businesses. Proceeds from this popular and heartwarming event support Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry’s services.
It’s a great way to summon forth your inner artist AND to help the Food Pantry realize its goals: the annual “Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger” parties leading up to the Pantry’s Empty Bowl event. While the Empty Bowl event showcases the talents of local chefs, “Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger” provides a blank canvas for painters of all ages to try their hand and AND to show their stuff. Classes are usually held in January and February and are very well attended. Lessons are taught by a local
ceramics artist and focus on use of color and painting/glazing techniques. All work will be fired thereafter and will add to the decorated bowls distributed to attendees at the end-of-February Empty Bowl event. Students, however, my claim their work—for the price of an Empty Bowl ticket.