The PROP Food Shelf’s 11th annual “Empty Bowls” event was back in person on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.
With a free-will donation, guests enjoyed soups from local restaurants, a silent auction, a wine pull, live music, and in the end, were able to take home a ceramic or glass bowl created and donated by local artists and students.
“It’s just been an amazing outpouring of support from the community for this event,” said PROP Executive Director Jenifer Loon.
All the proceeds go toward buying food for the PROP Food Shelf and providing financial assistance for emergency housing support, youth scholarships, and emergency car repairs.
Grace Pass and her pottery wheel welcomed guests and demonstrated how to make a bowl. She even donated some of her pottery to the event. Pass has been making pottery for over 50 years.
“If it wasn’t for potters to donate things, there wouldn’t be empty bowls. So, support your local potter and support your local food shelf,” said Pass.
Despite a winter storm that began during the dinner portion of the event, Loon believes that this year’s Empty Bowls was the best one yet.
“Much of the support is through sponsors, corporate sponsorships, and that which we seek ahead of time,” says Loon, “So from that standpoint, it would probably be our best Empty Bowls ever.”
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