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Filling bellies with Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is back for the seventh year.

The annual event, scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland, raises money for local nonprofit organizations that address food insecurity in Ashland.

The event raises awareness of how bowls go empty in the community on a daily basis.

For $25, attendees pick out a handmade bowl to keep and then it’s filled with soup donated from local restaurants and served by “celebrities.”

Student tickets cost $10 and children younger than 12 get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at peacehouse.net/.

Local bakeries donate goods such as cookies and bread to accompany the meal, and beverages are included, according to organizer Herb Rothschild.

Proceeds from the event go to Food Angels, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, ACCESS and Uncle Food’s Diner.

The money is important,” Rothschild said. “Particularly for Food Angels and Uncle Food’s Diner, they rely on the income from this event as a significant portion of their annual budgets.”

Some celebrity servers include Ashland city councilors Rich Rosenthal, Stefani Seffinger and Julie Akins, police Chief Tighe O’Meara, Oregon Shakespeare Festival legend Shirley Patton, residents Barry and Kathryn Thalden, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Bloom and District Attorney Beth Heckert.

Bowls are donated from ceramics classes at Southern Oregon University and North Medford High School. Bowls have also been donated by Clayfolk potters.

Bowl donations will be accepted until the day of the event. Contact Zoe Alowan at zoealowan@mind.net to donate bowls.

Rothschild said the event never fails to strengthen the community.

“It’s a community celebration of Ashland’s care for the needy,” Rothschild said. “Every year the spirit is wonderful, and it’s a spirit of generosity and concern.”

For more information about the event, email info@peacehouse.net or call 541-482-9625.

Contact Tidings reporter Caitlin Fowlkes at cfowlkes@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4496. Follow her on Twitter @cfowlkes6.

Photo courtesy of Peace HouseTalent potter Marian Telerski loads her kiln with pottery and bowls for the seventh annual Empty Bowls supper.