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Austin Empty Bowl Project
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 • Posted November 23, 2011

Empty Bowls is an international effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger. This was my first time to attend Austin’s Empty Bowl Project. It was a wonderful example of a diverse group of people working together and making a difference in their community. Students and local artists donated the hand decorated bowls. Judith Barton’s sister Kris Asthalter is the silent strength, with her committee members, in making this event happen. Once arriving at the location, we stood in line, visiting with the people in front and behind us in line. Questions were exchanged such as: How many years have they been coming? How many bowls do they have in their collection? What did last year’s bowl look like? And of course Judith and I climbed into the LARGE SOUP POT for our picture. Once inside the building, there were lots of round tables with hundreds of bowls on display. Which one was calling me? I picked up one bowl, walked to another table, exchanged it for another , until I was holding the most perfect bowl. After paying a $20 donation for the bowl (and the experience), it was off to the washing line. My clean bowl and I strolled together over to the soup tent which offered a selection of fabulous soups and breads prepared by local restaurants and bakeries. While eating our soup, everyone was being entertained by local musicians. The monies raised goes to the Capital Area Food Bank and over the past 14 years, they have raised over $500,000. It was a great event, and I couldn’t’ help think…could we do this on a smaller scale here in Mason?

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