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Empty bowls supper assists those in need

Local report

ASHLAND — The annual Empty Bowls Supper planned for Friday, May 13, will support Peace House's Uncle Foods Diner program and other Ashland efforts to feed the hungry. Artists from many parts of the community — including Clayfolks, the Ashland Arts Center and Southern Oregon University — have created handmade ceramic bowls for the supper.

This is the fifth year Peace House has sponsored Empty Bowls, in which for $25 for adults and $10 for students, participants choose a bowl and then fill it with soups donated by area restaurants, accompanied by bread from local bakeries.

Proceeds support Uncle Foods Diner, which offers a hot meal to those in need every Tuesday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church, as well as the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Food Angels and ACCESS. These organizations are the primary sources for those in the area who need help in securing food for themselves and their families.

Last year, the Empty Bowls event raised more than $12,000 to assist those organizations.

Kathryn Thalden, co-chair of the event, said that “acquiring enough handmade bowls is our biggest challenge every year."

"We want to make sure that everyone who comes is offered a beautiful, handmade bowl to enjoy at the event and take home with them," she said. "We depend on the generosity of Clayfolks artists to donate bowls, and really appreciate the contribution that Ashland Art Center and Southern Oregon University is making this year.”

Restaurants that provide the soup are Standing Stone Brewery, Greenleaf, Green Springs Inn, Amuse, Pangea, C Street Bistro (Jacksonville), Howiee’s on Front (Medford) and Maren Faye Caterers, while bakeries participating include La Baguette, Organicos, Village Baker, SunStone Bakery, Standing Stone Brewery and Rise Up! Artisan Bread.

Major sponsors for the event are Neuman Hotel Group, Patie Millen Group — John L. Scott Real Estate, Earth and Humanity Foundation, Sanctuary One, Sarah and Dr. William Epstein, True South Solar, Treetops Foundation and Sid and Karen DeBoer.

The supper will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N Main St., Ashland. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Northwest Nature Shop, at the door and online at peacehouse.net. For more information, call Peace House at 541-482-9625.

Travis Lorenz shapes a bowl that will be used in Friday's Empty Bowls fundraiser in Ashland. Photo by Linda Sturgeon