Make a Bowl, Feed Your Neighbor
The Potters All Clay Guild is bringing an Empty Bowls fundraiser to the North Quabbin area. Ceramic bowls have been created by local people of all ages, with the help of Guild members, at the 2015 Garlic and Arts Festival, R. C. Mahar Regional High School, and the Orange Farmers Market. These bowls, glazed, fired and ready for use are being donated to the various organizations to raise money for area food pantries and meal programs.
Bowls are currently available for purchase at Quabbin Harvest Food Coop. Funds raised at Quabbin Harvest are used to finance reduced-cost produce and fruit shares for low income households in the area. Bowls were also used to attract donations to the Food-a-Thon held in the Spring. Creative ways to use these bowls to support the Franklin County Community Meals Program are in the works.
The Franklin County Community Meals Program has been serving meals to the needy since 1984. They serve free meals weekly in Turners Falls and twice a week in Orange and Greenfield. In addition, they maintain two food pantries, one in Orange and one at Greenfield Community College.
The Empty Bowls Project was started 25 years ago by Imagine Render, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community. Since its inception, hundreds, if not thousands of empty bowl events have been held across the U.S. and around the world. For a local example of this type of project see the Amherst Survival Center.