Full shelter benefits from Empty Bowl

Prince Frederick, MD - A favorite event for Calvert County’s legion of foodies was held Saturday, March 21. The 15th annual Empty Bowl Supper was served at the St. John Vianney Family Life Center in Prince Frederick.

The supper has its origins on the West Coast where a group of artisans decided to aid a local homeless shelter. The crafters hosted a soup supper, soliciting the food from local businesses. Attendees were asked to purchase a handmade bowl. Other communities all over the country have established similar repasts.

Calvert’s Empty Bowl Supper dedicates 100 percent of its funds to Project ECHO (Ecumenical Council for the Homeless), a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, meals, transitional housing and several other services to homeless men, women and children in the community. The 23-year-old organization now operates a 40-bed shelter in Prince Frederick.

Some of the ancillary programs now being offered to shelter residents are conflict resolution, anger management classes and hospital service awareness.

The fulcrum pushing the project forward is an alliance of 39 area churches. Members of the congregations volunteer time, most significantly preparing the daily meals for the shelter’s residents.

Over a dozen businesses and individuals donated a variety of entrees for the supper attendees to savor. The menu included an array of soups, chili, wings and ribs, salad, deli wraps and dessert.

The donated bowls were made by artisans affiliated with CalvART Gallery, Chesapeake Wood Turners of Annapolis, Foxtail Potters, Shepherd’s Hands and Southern Middle. Nineteen individual potters also contributed bowls to the huge display.

Music at the event was provided by The 503 Band. Placemats were designed by Huntingtown Elementary School students.

An important component of the event is the popular silent auction, which included several coveted items up for bid by supper attendees.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with Project ECHO is encouraged to contact the shelter at 410-535-0044.

Contact Marty Madden at

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