AUGUSTA — Want to buy a handsome, Maine-made bowl and support the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee’s work – all for just $15 ($35 maximum for families)? Come to the committee’s 16th annual Empty Bowl Supper on Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the United Farmers Market of Belfast at 18 Spring Street.
Each year MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee holds this fundraiser, thanks to the many Maine potters who donate their beautiful bowls. Several have donated since our first event.
This supper raises funds for the El Salvador Committee’s work. Those funds have helped bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, meet with community organizers and agricultural officials, and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair; helped fund events relating to the Central American Free Trade Agreement for our sistering organizations in El Salvador; and helped with work to prevent mining companies from destroying our Salvadoran sisters’ mountains, water supplies, communities and agricultural lands. In fact, El Salvador just became the first country in the world to ban metallic mining! Come help us celebrate!
Empty Bowl Suppers started in Michigan in 1990, when a high school art teacher helped his students raise funds to support a food drive. A class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal evolved. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Subsequently, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, promotes the project, and Empty Bowl events raise millions of dollars worldwide to help combat hunger.
Please join us for delicious soups, breads donated by Back 40 Bakehouse, desserts and to socialize. Enjoy live music by Shawn and Maizey Mercer and take home a beautiful bowl, handcrafted and donated by a Maine potter. For more information, please check www.mofga.org. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country.It is a broad-based community that educates about and advocates for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.
—Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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