Annual Empty Bowls Dinner set for Oct. 12

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/5/17

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The seventh annual Empty Bowls Dinner, which benefits two Winston County nonprofit organizations, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12.

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Annual Empty Bowls Dinner set for Oct. 12

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DOUBLE SPRINGS - The seventh annual Empty Bowls Dinner, which benefits two Winston County nonprofit organizations, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The proceeds from the dinner, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Double Springs Municipal Building, will be split between the Winston County Arts Alliance and Main Street Ministries. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and under and can be purchased at the door.

J.D. Snoddy, chairman of the board for both the Arts Council and Main Street Ministries, said there will be soups served from approximately 25 different individual and restaurant vendors this year.

Attendees are given plastic bowls to enjoy all the soup they can eat and everyone gets to choose a free home-made bowl at the end of the evening to take home. These bowls are made by those involved with the Arts Council and Main Street Ministries in the Meek High School pottery shop.

In addition to the soup, there will also be a silent auction, with items including a grill, a roaster, battery cables and oil changes up for auction. Other pottery items from local artists will also be available for sale at the dinner and State of Alabama ornaments will be given out in honor of the state’s upcoming bicentennial.

“The Arts Council provides art classes in the Winston County school system and also provides art carts in all five schools in Winston County,” Snoddy explained of their work. “Main Street Ministries is a food giveaway for all of Winston County. People who need food or clothes or things like that can come down on Tuesdays and pick up a box of food and go through the clothes. If they have an emergency situation, they can come there and get clothes and food and things like that.”

He added that Main Street Ministries also has additional resources, including contacts at Capstone Rural Health Center and the Diabetes Foundation, GED classes at the ministry through Wallace State Community College and parenting classes, among other services.

“It’s a great event. We’re going to have a lot of fun. People come just for the fellowship,” Snoddy said. “We usually have around 400 people there. We invite everybody to attend, it’s a different kind of event. People come and taste all the soups and it’s just a good time of fun and fellowship that goes to help children and people in need.”

For more information, call Snoddy at 205-489-6569.