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The First Annual ‘Empty Bowls for Avery’ to Benefit Feeding Avery Families Held on Saturday, May 17

by Madison V. Fisler

May 14, 2014. Help stop hunger in Avery County. The first annual Empty Bowls for Avery fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 17 to benefit Feeding Avery Families, Inc. 

The event will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church located at 1161 Balm in Banner Elk and will take place from 12-3 p.m. 

Empty Bowls for Avery invites community members to help feed their neighbors at this first annual event. 

imgresGuests can choose one of more than 100 empty bowls and enjoy homemade soup, bread and dessert – all for whatever donation you wish to make – while learning about the daily struggle facing families in Avery County to put food on the table. The empty bowl is yours to keep as a reminder that there are folks in our community who do, indeed, have empty bowls. 

Everyone is welcome to the event to help raise funds for Feeding Avery Families, Inc. To volunteer to help prepare or serve food, contact Lynn at 828-897-9113 or 828-386-1648, or email vsaylynn@aol.com.

With your donations, Feeding Avery Families purchases more food from the MANNA food bank than any other agency in Western North Carolina. Food donations are also collected locally from grocery stores, farms, churches and individuals, enabling the organization to distribute food to more than 1,000 individuals every month. The need has increased 316 percent since the organization was formed in 2005 and is still growing.

Feeding Avery Families, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located at 125 Farm Lane in Banner Elk that was first established in 2005. The organization is dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary and food donations and volunteerism. One hundred percent of all efforts go toward feeding hungry families in Avery County, and the organization provided 67 percent of all food assistance in Avery County in 2012.