Empty Bowls – Feeding those in need

Clay Today
Posted 4/25/18

ORANGE PARK – Community leaders and elected officials joined together this week with one common goal in mind – to fight hunger.

The Salvation Army of Clay County’s Women’s Auxiliary hosted …

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Empty Bowls – Feeding those in need

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ORANGE PARK – Community leaders and elected officials joined together this week with one common goal in mind – to fight hunger.

The Salvation Army of Clay County’s Women’s Auxiliary hosted its 16th annual Empty Bowls event to raise money for the Salvation Army food pantry. Guests filled the Family Life Center at Orange Park United Methodist Church where they shared soups provided by Metro Diner and Chick-Fil-A.

The local event is patterned after a 1990 art class project from a Michigan high school where students set out to raise money for a food drive. The students made ceramic bowls in which they served a meal of soup and bread and invited guests to keep the bowl to remind them of the worldwide hunger problem. Here in Clay County, local students work for months to make bowls that go up for sale at the annual event.

Clay County School Superintendent Addison Davis addressed the April 24 event and reminded attendees of the food insecurity in Clay County.

He said more than 6,000 students come to school with neither money for lunch nor a prepared lunch from home.

The Salvation Army of Clay County serves 500 individuals per month on average through their food pantry, and have seen demand rise in recent months.

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