Letter: Community effort to help hungry appreciated

From: Beth Parkhurst, Denise Engel, Melanie Bachmeyer, Carrie Douglas, Sarah Grey, members Empty Bowls Steering Committee


Each winter the annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper brings us all together as we confront local food insecurity. This year our event raised just over $18,000 after expenses. Since this project was launched 21 years ago by Bob Pulley with Columbus Peace Fellowship at First Presbyterian Church, we have now generated well over $200,000 to local food pantries.

This year we are pleased to provide support for Love Chapel, Brighter Days, Horizon House, Hope Community Center, Turning Point and Thrive Alliance — all of whom address food insecurity in our community.

At Empty Bowls, we celebrate our community, in all its diversity and generosity. Local potters produce bowls; local cooks prepare soups, breads and and desserts. The best of our local musicians step up with live homegrown entertainment. The C4 crew keeps the kitchen humming. Teams of volunteers sign up to serve food and bus tables, fetch and carry, clean and recycle. It is this shared effort, year after year, which moves us deeply. We all put aside perceived differences and work shoulder to shoulder for a common goal beyond ourselves. Bartholomew County deserves thanks.