16th annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project lunch set for Oct. 21

The 16th Annual Empty Bowls Lunch is set for Oct. 21. (submitted photo)

The 16th Annual Empty Bowls Lunch is set for Oct. 21. (submitted photo)

The 16th annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral.

Pam DiPietro, the food bank’s executive director, said the need for services increased nearly 10 percent since last year. And, she noticed the demand significantly increase in the past eight years.

“In the month of January 2008, the Foothills Food Bank served 74 families with 3,862 pounds of food. By comparison, this past June, we gave 625 families 74,231 pounds of food,” Ms. DiPietro said in a prepared statement.

The Empty Bowls Project, an international effort to fight hunger, was started in the fall of 1990 by two potters in Michigan to help raise money for a Thanksgiving fund drive for a local food bank.

Since then the idea has spread around the world, according to the release that credits Carole Perry, Empty Bowls chair, for bringing the event to the Desert Foothills.

“People love to see the diverse selection of bowls, and this year, with the event moving to Harold’s, the upbeat ambiance and delicious pasta will make the event a memorable one,” Ms. Perry said in the release.

The new venue, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, is set to accommodate the increased demand for services since the event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, raising thousands of dollars during the past 15 years, the press release stated, noting local and international efforts to fight hunger.

The Foothills Empty Bowls Project began 16 years ago with only 850 bowls, highlighting efforts of local artists and students. More than 2,000 bowls will be available to generate necessary funds for The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center that assists families residing in Anthem, New River, Desert Hills, Carefree, Cave Creek and other North Valley areas.

Although the venue is changing due to the demand steadily growing, patrons will still be able to choose to purchase an original, artist-crafted bowl, dine on pasta provided by Harold’s Corral and bid on the artwork offered by members of the Sonoran Arts League in the silent auction just as in previous years, the release added.

More than 2,000 hand-crafted ceramic and glass bowls will be available for a $15 donation. Monetary donations are accepted to help pay people’s rent, utility, medical, car repair and other bills. Credit cards are accepted.

For more information, call 480-488-1145 or go to SonoranArtsLeague.org.

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