Empty Bowls Helps Fund Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Mission

Art and food are interrelated. Both appeal to the senses and can bring about a visceral reaction.

Both also are essential elements of Empty Bowls, the annual Rhode Island Community Food Bank benefit that offers attendees pottery in the form of a finely crafted handmade bowl and numerous food choices to satisfy any culinary appetite.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributes food to people in need through a statewide network of 160 member agencies. These agencies include food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. Each month, 59,000 struggling Rhode Islanders receive food assistance at these agencies. One in three served is a child under the age of 18, and one in five is over the age of 60.

The Food Bank solicits food donations from the public and from the food industry, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers. To keep up with the high demand for food assistance, the Food Bank also purchases food at a low cost from wholesalers. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 9.2 million pounds of food.

So help the foodbank help your friends and neighbors. Attend “Empty Bowls” on Friday, October 13 and help fill the empty bowls in your community. Learn more about Empty Bowls here.