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Feeding hungry people one bowl at a time

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The goal of the Empty Bowls grassroots movement is to raise money to assist organizations whose primary role is fighting hunger, while the Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY committee seeks to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and food security to bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist in their community.

Making bowls to make a difference

Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY puts on an annual fundraising event, bringing together volunteers, students, sponsoring businesses and others from the surrounding area. “It is a wonderful opportunity to support those organizations in our community who are doing their part to end hunger,” says Tina Taylor, Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY chairperson, sponsorship coordinator and EM Ford personal lines marketer.

Local potters, community members and school groups volunteer to craft raw materials — donated by Brescia University, individual potters and local businesses and organizations — into beautiful glazed ceramic bowls. More volunteers from the Owensboro area pitch in to donate their time, culinary talents and ingredients to cook up delicious soups for the event, while others donate items for the silent auction.

 

It is a wonderful opportunity to support those organizations in our community who are doing their part to end hunger.”

– Tina Taylor, Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY chairperson, sponsorship coordinator and EM Ford personal lines marketer

 

Participants purchase a ticket, choose a bowl, then enjoy the silent auction and a simple dinner of bread and soup. With choices like ham and bean, chili, chicken noodle, hoppin’ john, tortellini and at least one vegan option, there is something to fill every bowl and satisfy every belly. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction are awarded to local food pantries and soup kitchens feeding the hungry in the community.

 

Doing their part to end food insecurity

Food insecurity is a critical barrier to health and well-being for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in Kentucky. About 1 in 8 people in the state are facing hunger, according to Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

Concerned by these staggering rates, the staff at EM Ford insurance agency wanted to bring the numbers down. “We at EM Ford feel it’s important to make a difference for those in need and do our part to end food insecurity,” says Somer Weaver, EM Ford Director of Marketing and Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY sponsorship co-coordinator.

 

“We at EM Ford feel it’s important to make a difference for those in need and do our part to end food insecurity.”

– Somer Weaver, EM Ford Director of Marketing and Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY sponsorship co-coordinator

 

In addition to Weaver’s and Taylor’s roles on the committee, EM Ford staff support Empty Bowls in countless ways. They attend bowl-making events, put together silent auction gift baskets from items donated by employees, and have even filmed a video at their agency to help promote the organization.

A Make More Happen Award will help Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY increase the funding they award to the organizations selected to benefit from this year’s event, on Oct. 26. Your vote could help this year’s Empty Bowls recipients — First Christian Church and King’s Table — feed the hungry, including elementary school students, refugees and seniors who are confined to their homes.

Help EM Ford win $10,000 for Empty Bowls of Owensboro, KY by clicking the vote button. Get them an extra vote by cheering them on in the comments below by Sept. 30, 2023.

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Tina Taylor
5 months ago

Thank you Safeco!

Alicia
5 months ago

Amazing work!

Karen
5 months ago

I love the support for this worthy cause!

Award
5 months ago

Great community project!

Shannon
5 months ago

Empty Bowls is a wonderful and worthwhile event for our community. Thank you for support and generosity! #ittakesavillage #weareastrongvillage

Patricia
5 months ago

Thanks for helping our community

Karen
5 months ago

Great team work!

Pam Woodward
5 months ago

This is a good news story! Thanks to all.

Debbie Dykes
5 months ago

Thank you for raising our community.

Award
5 months ago

Keep up the great work team

Brandi
5 months ago

This is wonderful news for the community!

Sue Napper
5 months ago

Thanks EM Ford for this opportunity to help our community!

Sue
5 months ago

Thanks EM Ford for this opportunity to help our community!

Karen Chissom
5 months ago

Awesome!

Karen
5 months ago

Good work

Award
5 months ago

Keep the votes coming!

Stephanie
5 months ago

As a former recipient of Empty Bowls funds, I can attest to the impact those funds have had over the years ! Keep up the good job! Many are being helped!

Michelle Love
5 months ago

Great community project! Proud of our team!

Genny
5 months ago

Great cause and great work by all involved in putting this together each year!

haylie
5 months ago

great cause!! ❤️

Karen Chissom
5 months ago

It is an honor to work at such a community involved company as EM Ford !

Lindsay Searcy
5 months ago

Here is an extra vote for a great cause!

Kristi Spencer
5 months ago

Honored to vote for empty bowls

Kimi Oney
5 months ago

Praying y’all win

Chelsea McGrew
5 months ago

Thank you for supporting the community!

Stephanie Basham
5 months ago

Honored to support and vote for EM Ford Empty Bowls! What a great way to support the community!!

Tina Taylor
5 months ago

Lets get all the votes!

Alicia R Ward
5 months ago

Amazing EM FORD and Empty Bowls!

Mourning Hair
5 months ago

What an amazing way to support the community!

Melody Mourning
5 months ago

Thank you EM Ford!

Lisa Mourning
5 months ago

Thank you EM Ford and Liberty Mutual for helping our community ❣️

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