Friday, November 20, 2009

Empty Bowl Luncheon

Yesterday I had the privilege to attend America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay’s Annual Empty Bowl Luncheon. This is the 15th year that the annual event was held in a park in downtown Tampa. The Empty Bowl Luncheon is a fundraiser and awareness event that raised more than $70,000. For a $10 donation, each attendee received a lunch that included a half of cup of soup, a small apple, a little roll of bread, and water. This represents what most homeless and hungry people eat for an entire day. Each attendee receives their choice of a handmade pottery bowl that was created by local school children. My workplace bought our tickets for anyone who wanted to attend and I am so glad I went. It really makes you stop and think about how so many people are going hungry every day and what we could do to help. Since I forgot my camera at home, I had to take a picture of my handmade bowl from my phone at my work desk. Isn’t it so cute?

If you would like more information about this event, visit America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay or this news article.
In these tough times, with job layoffs, the horrible economy, troops overseas, and everything else going on, I have to say that I am truly thankful for every opportunity I am given and I am overjoyed with everything that my family has as it is so much more than most. I am truly blessed.

Until Next Time,

1 comment:

  1. this sounds like such a great event to go to! It really is amazing how widespread the homeless problem is in this country. Thanks for provoking some thought in all of us, especially around the holidays when we should be appreciating the multitudes of things that we have that other people may not.