It was food for thought at Thursday’s Empty Bowls luncheon that took place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Williams Lake.
For $20, people received an original bowl made by the Cariboo Potters Guild that was then filled with one of a variety of soups donated by several different caters and restaurants.
Elizabeth Carnes said the Guild started holding the event approximately 8 to 10 years ago.
“The premise behind Empty Bowls is there are people who live on one bowl of soup and one piece of bread a day, and this is kind of reminding people that by them buying a bowl and enjoying the one bowl of soup and piece of bread they’re donating to a food bank to allow others to enjoy their soup,” she said.
After lunch, people then were able to take their bowl home with them to serve as a reminder that there are people here who are hungry and that the food bank needs to be stocked.
“Everybody loved their bowls,” Carnes said noting 292 bowls were made by the Guild.
“They’re always very popular and people are excited to get maybe one of the potters they really enjoy or didn’t know before.”
Carnes said while they don’t know at this point how much the proceeds of the event raised for the local Salvation Army’s food bank, it’s usually in the thousands.
“We’re doing it every three years right now, and we have a lot of new, eager young potters in the Guild so we’re thinking we might be able to do it every second year.”
“It’s pretty onerous to do it every year, but we can look at doing it every second year.”