Supper Serves Local Homeless Shelter

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Supper Serves Local Homeless Shelter

Prince Frederick, MD - 4/8/2013

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By Marty Madden

The lines were long and the food was savory at the 13th annual Empty Bowl Supper, held Saturday, April 6 at the St. John Vianney Family Life Center in Prince Frederick.

The local event was inspired by a fundraiser originally held in California. Artisans in one community wanted to aid a local homeless shelter, so for the purchase of a handcrafted bowl, attendees enjoyed a soup supper donated by local restaurants.

Calvert’s event is sponsored by Project Echo, the 21-year-old collaboration of area churches—now totaling 38—helping locals who find themselves homeless. In 2012, Project Echo provided nearly 15,000 bed nights to Calvert’s homeless. Additionally, volunteers served close to 21,000 meals.

Like the California event, area restaurants provide the food served at the local Empty Bowl Supper.

This year’s menu included chili, cream of crab soup, egg rolls, wings and ribs, sandwich wraps, salad, bread, and desserts.

A live band played while diners went through the buffet line and enjoyed the servings. Additional funds for Project Echo were raised through a silent auction.

Five artisan entities, including a group of Huntingtown High School art students and 22 individual potters, provided the bowls that were given away during the event.

Project Echo Board Chairman Henry Trentman thanked the attendees for their continued support of the organization and their attendance at the Empty Bowl Supper.

Trentman said without the success of the Empty Bowl Supper “we would have closed our doors to the homeless a long time ago.”

For more information on Project Echo (Ecumenical Council for the Homeless) visit

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