October 30, 2020 @ 10:30AM — 1:00PM
OUR BOWLS ARE EMPTY SO THEIRS CAN BE FULL!
The state of Mississippi is one of the most food insecure states in the America, with 1 in 5 Mississippians unsure if they can afford their next meal. In the Delta, 21% percent of households are food insecure, double the nationwide rate of 10.5%. These food insecure homes in the Delta lack the ability to obtain nutritious and adequate food for a healthy life.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. 2nd Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Delta Arts Alliance, 104 S Court Street in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Friday, October 30, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will look a little different this year while we are making some concessions due to COVID 19. In order to ensure the safety of all participants, Extra Table is turning the event into a drive-through fundraiser with outdoor seating available as well.
“We are glad to be back in Cleveland and have the support of the Delta Arts Alliance, Junior Auxiliary and our amazing sponsors,” said Extra Table Executive Director and Delta native, Martha Allen. “Empty Bowls 2019 was a grand success and we are not going to allow Covid to slow the fun and feeding efforts of Extra Table – so enjoy the drive through, contactless option for safety and remain supportive of Extra Table’s work in the Delta.”
In exchange for a $25 donation, patrons receive a delicious meal of soup, bread, dessert and a drink. Patrons also take home a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl by a DSU ceramic student or Delta potter as a reminder of the hungry people in our community whose bowls are empty.
Extra Table is the amazing partnership launched in 2009 by well-known restaurateur Robert St. John making a difference in the lives of Mississippians by fundraising in order to stock food pantries and soup kitchens across the state with wholesome nutritious food. Today, Extra Table provides healthy, shelf stable food to over 50 food pantries and soup kitchens.
Funds raised from this event will be used to provide food to Delta area food pantries and continue support of the Statesman’s Shelf, the campus of Delta State University. Extra Table so proudly supports: Caring Hands-Itta Bena, Clarksdale Care Station-Clarksdale, Hearty Helpings Food Pantry-Greenville, Helping Hands-Belzoni, Helping Hands-Cleveland, Robert Neil Food Pantry-Charleston, St. Vincent De Paul-Greenville, and Tutwiler Community Education Center-Tutwiler.
“Our Extra Table’s partners are reporting a 30-50% increase in requests for food so support is critical now more than ever,” stated Robert St. John, founder of Extra Table. “Empty Bowls is a fun event. Drop by on your lunch break, celebrate the talented artists, and share a meal with a friend in order to provide a meal to a neighbor in need.”
Visit www.ExtraTable.org to purchase tickets and for more information visit the website or call 601-447-4667. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing healthy, shelf-stable food for Delta food pantries and soup kitchens.
Consider being a sponsor; see attached information. The sponsorship deadline is October 16, 2020.
$5,000 - Presenting Sponsor
$1,000 - Silver Spoon Sponsor
$500 - Bronze Bowl Sponsor
$250 - Copper Cup Sponsor