Express photo by Willy Cook
In what is becoming more normal than not, at any given time in Blaine County there are somewhere upwards of 3,000 children and adults who do not have enough to eat.
For the past four years, the Hunger Coalition has partnered with Boulder Mountain Clayworks and others to present the Empty Bowls project, which has put a significant dent in that need by inviting the public to volunteer time and talent to make ceramic bowls for later sale.
The bowls are being sold for $20, soup included, at a special luncheon, to be held this year on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum from noon to 2 p.m.
Professional and amateur artisans and students have created 300 bowls, which guests can purchase and fill with a savory soup or chili donated by local restaurants and caterers. The lunch also includes salad, bread and dessert. Providers include Atkinsons’ Markets, Big Belly Deli, Big Wood Bread, Boca, CK’s Real Food, Cava Cava, Esta, Five Loaves, Globus, Ketchum Grill, Perry’s, Sayvour, Starbucks, Sun Valley Co. and Toni’s Ice Cream.
Modeled after the international grassroots Empty Bowls Project, the project aims to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and raise funds to help.
Boulder Mountain Clayworks donates all supplies and studio time, hosts special bowl-making sessions open to the public, and lends hands-on guidance for all participants.
Call Boulder Mountain Clayworks at 726-4484 for more information. Donations in lieu of a bowl purchase will also be accepted for admission to lunch.
Additional questions and more information is also available from the Hunger Coalition at 788-0121.