When the doors opened at 6 p.m., the long lines emulated that of a soup kitchen as folks waited their turn for a bowl of soup served by Empty Bowls Club students. The patient patrons knew this was soup worth waiting for. The stage was set for an event that brought together a compassionate group of people of all ages who were devoted to ending hunger in our community.
The 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner broke all records. The event raised more than $12,000 for the Pantry, and attracted 300 guests. This compares to our 2017 event which raised just over $7,000 and sold 265 tickets. We could not be more thrilled with the support we received from so many in our community.
Many thanks to our co-host The Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club (sponsored by the Franklin Cultural Council), our event sponsors (Mount Street Farm, Franklin Agway, Keefe Insurance, Landscape America, Mint Dental of Franklin, Murphy Business, and Owens & Minor), our food donors (3 Restaurant, Shaw’s Franklin and Whole Foods Market) and all who came out to share in our evening. School Superintendent Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D., FHS Administration and State Representative Jeff Roy were among the more than 300 guests in attendance.
This was a true community collaboration. We are grateful to all who are helping us end hunger in our community.
Many thanks to Hannah Anderson, FHS student, and Sarah Georges, Pantry volunteer, for taking photos at the dinner.