Empty Bowls Feeds Empty Stomachs


Article Contributed by
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

The Holiday season is a time of giving. We spend many hours pondering and procuring the perfect gifts to give to our loved ones. As while we are in the giving mood, we also remember those who are in need and unlikely to receive life’s basic necessities. Rarely do these holiday prerogatives coalesce in one opportunity—but Empty Bowls Project provides both. It is a unique occasion to purchase handmade, artisanal pottery for someone special while also caring for those in need.

St. Luke’s Church and the Jamestown Public and Mobile Market are teaming up with the Chautauqua County Empty Bowls to host the 2nd Annual Empty Bowl Project in Jamestown on Saturday, December 9th from 11am to 2pm.

Locally, this event is sponsored by Chautauqua County Empty Bowls, a loosely organized assembly of the area’s amateur and professional potters. Many of these individuals work together at Mudslingers, the pottery studio owned and operated by Ron Nasca in downtown Fredonia. Others in the group work in their own studios. Over the years the fund drive has met with growing success in Fredonia and it made its debut Jamestown last year.

While numerous individuals have created the hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowls, none are signed by the maker. Instead, they are imprinted with the “Empty Bowls” logo thus continuing to remind the user that there are hungry persons in the world. The bowls come in sizes designed to acknowledge contributions of $10, $20, and $30.

During the Season of Advent when many are preparing for the holiday season and looking for the perfect Christmas gift, this event will allow you to come get in the holiday season with bowl of soup, live music, the opportunity to walk away with a one-of-a-kind gift AND to help address food insecurity in our own community. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jamestown Mobile Market, which takes food to the food desert areas of Jamestown to ensure that local residents have access to fresh produce and also WNY Feed More.

This is your opportunity to buy an empty bowl and fill your own stomach and someone else in need.

For general points of inquiry, call the St. Luke’s Church office (716.483.6405).