Empty Bowls fights hunger

Hunger is a year-round problem across the nation and here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. That’s why fundraisers, like the Empty Bowls annual event at First Congretional Church on Front Street, is so important. The event will raise money for the Marietta Community Food Pantry and other area pantries.

Empty Bowls is unique because the cost of admission, $10, gets you soup and the bowl, a one-of-a-kind work of art created by a local artist or student. In addition to soup, provided by local restaurants, there is a silent auction. The money raised will help feed local families in need.

Good nutrition is key to families’ mental and physical health. Adults who do not have access to adequate, nutritional food can suffer from diabetes and other chronic illnesses, such as hypertension. Lack of nutrients is of particular concern for young children, senior citizens and pregnant women.

But many can be helped. Food pantry officials say $60 can help provide food for a family of four for 30 days.

Empty Bowls 2013 is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. If you only want soup, and not the bowl, the cost is $5. Come have lunch and help the community at the same time.