Thursday, January 5, 2017

Empty Bowls Club Needs Some Helping Hands: Register now to make bowls to fight hunger March 4

The Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club will hold a bowl-making event on Saturday, March 4 to help make ceramic bowls in preparation for the 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on May 2. Anyone 8 years or older is invited to this free, community event to create bowls out of clay which will be used in the May 2 fundraiser benefitting the Franklin Food Pantry.

The event, held from 10 a.m. to Noon in Room 138 at FHS, is limited to the first 25 people who register. All materials and instruction are provided for free. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at
Event participants will make bowls out of clay that will later be painted and glazed for the 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner
Event participants will make bowls out of clay that will later
be painted and glazed for the 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner

“We are opening our studio to engage the public in a worthwhile project that addresses hunger in our own community,” says Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and instructor for the Empty Bowls Club. “It’s a great opportunity for families or friends to experience a craft activity together while supporting a meaningful cause.”

The clay bowls will be fired, painted and glazed in preparation for the Empty Bowls Dinner to raise money for the Pantry. Dinner attendees choose one of the hand-made bowls to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.” The May 2 fundraiser, which includes a simple meal of soup and bread, is meant to remind guests of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger.

About the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club

Franklin High School is participating in an international charity project called Empty Bowls, which supports hungry people in local communities. The first part of this project is to make ceramic bowls with students, faculty, district K-12 art teachers, and the Franklin community. Then, the Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry co-host a community meal of soup and bread. All funds raised at this event are donated to the Franklin Food Pantry.

About the Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities once a month to 504 households, including more than 300 children. Clients have access to bread and fresh produce daily during Pantry hours. As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding. Other programs include a Mobile Pantry, Cooking Matters classes, a Healthy Futures Market, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit for more information.

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