It’s an international effort to fight hunger, but locally, it has been one of the largest fundraisers for the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, raising thousands of dollars over the past 15 years. And, this year, the 16th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project Lunch will take place at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek, on Friday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carole Perry, Empty Bowls chair, is excited about the new venue. “People love to see the diverse selection of bowls, and this year, with the event moving to Harold’s, the upbeat ambiance and delicious pasta will make the event an even more memorable one,” Perry said.
As in previous years, patrons can choose to purchase one of the more than 2,000 original, artist-crafted bowls for a mere $15, fill the bowl with pasta provided by Harold’s Corral, and bid on artwork offered by members of the Sonoran Arts League in a silent auction. It’s an important and enjoyable way for people to help the Food Bank fill the empty bowls of its clients. Executive Director DiPietro estimates that the need for food and services provided by the Food Bank has increased by ten percent over the last year, a trend which unfortunately continues. In the month of January, 2008, the Food Bank served 74 families with 3,862 pounds of food. By comparison, this past June, the staff provided 625 families with 74,231 pounds … a massive increase by any measure. So bring your cash or your credit card and your appetite on October 20 and help fill the bowls for others. You will enjoy yourself and know that you are helping others in the months to come.