Many of the Talbot County Empty Bowls committee members have been involved with the cause for all 12 years it has operated. The group has decided to take a break from the annual dinner.
“Our commitment to providing financial assistance to a select group of community organizations that feed the hungry will continue,” Founder Anna Harding says.
“We are looking at other ways to keep this fund alive because we know that the needs of the hungry in Talbot County are not going away,” says co-Chair Susan duPont.
Financial assistance to a select group of community organizations that feed the hungry will continue:
– The Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF) will maintain the Talbot County Empty Bowls Fund that we established with them in 2009.
– Talbot County Empty Bowls Volunteers will be at the Easton Farmers Market on holiday weekends and during the Waterfowl Festival, selling bowls and soup cozies from past community dinners and accepting donations.
– Sponsors have already pledged support to the Talbot County Empty Bowls fund.
Looking back on the 12-year history of Talbot County Empty Bowls, Harding says, “Our success has depended on collaboration among so many talented and generous people. We are most grateful to all of them. The kitchen and dining hall at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton was the perfect setting for the community dinner. As an artist I am especially thankful for the local potters and high school art students who made and donated bowls that we used to serve soup to guests at the annual community dinners.”
Financial assistance to a select group of community organizations that feed the hungry will continue through Donations, Bowl and Cozy sales at the Easton Farmer's Market and efforts made to continue our Community Dinner Tradition.
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Talbot County Empty Bowls has been an all-volunteer initiative for 12 years. “Susan and I as well as the other members of the committee decided that it is time to let others step up to take on the community dinner,” says Harding. “We have developed a simple, effective template for the event and we will gladly pass it on to anyone willing to manage this aspect of fundraising for our local food pantries.”
If you or a group are interested in continuing the Community Dinner tradition, please email us for more information!
$39,800 was donated in 2020 to 10 Talbot County organizations that feed the hungry all year long!
$238,700 are the total funds raised since the first Talbot County Empty Bowls dinner in 2009!
Thanks to all of our Sponsors, donations, and 2020 ticket sales!
Online donations are accepted for the Talbot County Empty Bowls Fund by visiting the Mid-Shore Community Foundation website (Link below)
Check donations can be mailed to:
Mid-Shore Community Foundation
102 E. Dover St., Easton, MD 21601
Note: "Empty Bowls" when making a donation
Visit the Talbot County Empty Bowls table at the Easton Farmers Market on holiday weekends and during Waterfowl Festival to purchase bowl and cozies and to make donationsFind us on Facebook
“Individual and business sponsors made it possible for us to give every penny raised from dinner tickets sales and other donations to the Talbot County organizations that feed the hungry,” says duPont. “Some of these philanthropists may never have attended an Empty Bowls dinner yet they understood the importance of providing financial support for our cause.”Become A Sponsor
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