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Empty Bowls 2023 Update

This event helps fund YWCA’s Nourish Program, this year 270 pottery bowls plus 19 wooden bowls sold, raising $33,104.00. Nourish combines dignified access to nutritious food, gardening and cooking skills along with programming designed to empower individuals to advocate for themselves and others and grow a just food system for all. By harnessing the power of food, Nourish brings people together to build a collective sense of belonging, while working towards the systemic changes required to end food insecurity and poverty. 

Empty Bowls Event

hands holding a small handmade ceramic bowl
This year’s Empty Bowls event will be held at The Venue on Friday, March 1st, and KPG is again participating, both by making bowls and helping out at the event itself. If you are interested in attending the event, tickets are now on sale at the YWCA and are $40 each. For that price you get a bowl and a buffet lunch, or – if you don’t wish to get a bowl you will get a $25 tax receipt. 
Empty Bowls is an event run by the YWCA addressing food insecurity in our own community.  We have been a part of this wonderful event for many years now and are proud of our contribution!
A variety of bowls

YWCA Empty Bowls 2012

What a great day we had at the YWCA’s Empty Bowls Event on Friday, June 15th. Total funds generated were $2,663 (twice as much as last year). The place was packed with guests. We ran out of food, ran out of wrapping paper, ran out of plastic bags for the bowls. All in all a great day.

The guests were overwhelmed with the vast selection of bowls. So we made it easy for them – they could simply purchase a second or third bowl but excluding lunch. And they did buy! And the Silent Auction was a success as well.

I have a big a VERY LARGE THANK YOU to Karen, Jackie and Lee-Ann who worked tirelessly. We were literally run off our feet trying to keep up with wrapping and packing up the people’s choices. Many had never purchased pottery before and were delighted, while others collected pottery and were very selective in their choice.

Lee-Ann did an excellent job of setting up the display tables so that they didn’t look static and made it easy for people to mingle. Thanks also to Penny Kemp from the YWCA, Joelle and their many volunteers who picked up all the food, set up all the salads, breads and sweets and helped serve the guests.

And the biggest THANK YOU has to go to all of you in the Guild who supported this event by your generous donations of bowls. It wouldn’t have happened without your contribution.

Lillian Forester

Kawartha Potters' Guild