WILLIAMSPORT – The meal is simply. Soup. Bowl. Bread. But it means so much more to thousands throughout the region who can’t afford even that.
“Today, 1 in 9 of our neighbors struggles to put enough food on their table,” said Carla Fischer, communications director for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The Soup & a Bowl event is intended to serve as a reminder of the numerous unfilled bowls of those who struggle with hunger in our community.”
Real Taste Taqueria & Catering brings a Mexican flair to the event, seeing it as a way to “link our food to the community,” said Curiel Bame, the restaurant’s owner. Bame donates soup each year.
“It’s important, especially in the cold winter months to give people something warm to eat,” he said.
Expertly crafted pottery bowls are sculpted each year by a number of students, artists and pottery studios.
Lisa Fink, of Fink’s Paint Store, has been a potter for six years and has been supplying bowls for the Food Bank’s event for years.
“I had never done anything like that before,” Fink said. “I think it’s important that we use handmade items and that we have them around us… it’s so nice to hold something that’s handmade and had thought and love go into it.”
Fink makes about 40 to 50 bowls for the Food Bank each year.
About 250 participants can came to the sold out event this year. Proceeds will help supply 300,000 meals for people in the Food Bank’s 27-county radius.