Empty Bowls for the foodbank

By Sandi Latimer

Staff Writer

Twenty years ago, the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks introduced Empty Bowls. To date, the soup smorgasbord has donated some $236,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to help fight hunger.

This fall, the aroma of soups will be wafting from roasters and crockpots at several locations throughout Franklin County where residents enjoy a bowl of soup or two and then choose a hand-crafted bowl made by those who participate in ceramics at a recreation and parks center. The cost of the soup and the bowl is $10, which goes to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

“For every dollar we send to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, they can purchase $10 in food,” said Wendy Frantz a spokeswoman for the program.

It has become a popular program, she said.

“People come year after year,” she said. “People have their favorite places.”

This year’s events include:

  • Nov 1 – AlterCare of Canal Winchester, 6725 Thrush Drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Martin Janis Senior Community Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 4 – Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2400 W. Broad St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuttle Park Community Center, 240 W. Oakland Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Woodward Park Community Center, 5147 Karl Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Nov. 5 – Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3100 E. Broad St., from noon to 2 p.m.

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1534 Franklin St., Lewis Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 9 – Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Gillie Senior Community Center, 2100 Morse Road, from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Schiller Community Center, 1000 Jaegar St., from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 10 – Gillie Senior Community Center, 2100 Morse Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St., from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Nov. 11 – Gillie Senior Community Center, 2100 Morse Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.columbus.gov/emptybowls.

 

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