Monday, January 13, 2014

Local Businesses, Schools, and Community Members Team Up to Address Hunger

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Bridgewater is making great use of their generous grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council by conducting an "Empty Bowls" fundraiser that will benefit the food pantries of the Town of Bridgewater and the Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton.
From the Empty Bowls website: "Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are invited to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity".
Painting parties, where people donate their time and artwork by painting a bowl, are underway. The public is invited to the next painting party, which will take place on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20th, between 3 and 5 PM, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater. This painting party is an opportunity for community members to participate in the MLK Day of Service. 
From the website " Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of the United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our national problems."
Local businesses and schools are getting behind this worthy project. Bridgewater Art and Framing is donating kiln time, and provided all the paint and glaze for the project at a discount. Beaver Brook Farm in East Bridgewater, Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools, and East Bridgewater Public Schools are all donating kiln time to the project.
The public is also invited to join together for a meal of soup and bread on Saturday, February 15th (snow date the 16th) at 5 PM at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. For a donation of $10, people will not only receive a meal, but also will be able to bring home a handpainted bowl of their choice, a useful keepsake and reminder of the good work of Empty Bowls, wherein funds were raised to address and prevent hunger in Bridgewater and Brockton.

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