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Saturday's Empty Bowls Luncheon a Popular Charity Event, Plus Food is Great
Posted on: 04/04/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Interview conducted by Andy Rex
 
The annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, a major fund raiser for local food pantries, takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at First Congregational Church, 318 Front Street.
 
The event was created by Marietta’s Unitarian Universalist Church and has expanded to include St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the First Congregational Church. 
 
Caroline Putnam, with the Unitarian Church, is one of the original organizers. She offers a description of the event.
 
“You pay $10 if you want a bread bowl for your soup, or $5 if you just want lunch. You come in and you pick your bowl, and that can take quite a while because they’re so different,” she says. “Panera Bread and the Bread Shack provide the bowls, and we’re very grateful for that. And almost every restaurant in the Marietta area has given soup.”
 
There will also a silent auction. Most of the proceeds benefit the area’s largest food pantry, Marietta Community Food Pantry, with other area food pantries receiving pro-rated gifts. 
 
Putnam says they couldn’t pull off such an event without the help of a number of volunteers.
 
“People like to work at this because they say it’s fun. We have students from Washington State. We have one of the sororities at Marietta College who called and said ‘may we work there?’”
 
For more information about the Empty Bowls luncheon, call Caroline Putnam at 740-336-1286.
 
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