10th annual Empty Bowls was a tremendous night for Butte
he 10th annual Butte Emergency Food Bank Empty Bowls event was held last night at the Butte Civic Center, and what an event it was.
This event is to raise funds for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program. The Backpack Program was created to help combat childhood hunger. Every weekend, or long holiday, a bag of food is sent home with students who might not otherwise have access to good, nourishing food.
The Butte Emergency Food Bank distributes 1,300 bags per month in Butte.
This is one of my favorite events of the year. For me, this night is what makes Butte special. Some people are there for the incredible bowls, some are there for the soup, and some are there for the social aspect, but everyone is there for the kids. Butte takes care of its own.
Much like everything, the cost of providing these meals for kids has gone up dramatically. In the first year of Empty Bowls, each bag that went home with students cost $3.75, ten years later the cost of each meal has gone up to $6.37. 1,300 bags a month, at over $6 a bag, is a very hefty price tag for the Food Bank to shoulder. Your continued support of this night means the world to the kids of Butte.
This is a night that doesn’t happen without some incredible sponsors, 35 vendors and restaurants who provided the soups and bread, the army of volunteers who helped with every aspect of the night, and of course the insanely talented artisans who crafter 1,200 bowls in six months.
If you would like to find out more about Empty Bowls, and the Bute Emergency Food Bank you can visit their website HERE, or you can contact them at 406-782-3814.
I also urge you to look into the great work that Hungry Hill Center for Art, Education, and Outreach does for Empty Bowls. You can follow them on Facebook HERE.
I know I am not alone when I say, I can’t wait for next year.