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Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner Held


With a goal of raising 2.8 million meals to feed those in need in Oklahoma and raise awareness of the hunger issues in the state, the Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner and Auction was recently held. This was the 22nd annual event presented by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which was held at the Cox Business Center ballroom. The food bank is currently distributing 20 percent more food than last year. For that reason, this year’s goal was a 20 percent increase in meals raised. For ach dollar collected at Empty Bowls, the Food Bank distributes the equivalent of four meals. With administrative costs below four percent of the organization’s budget, donors can rest assured the Food Bank will provide a good return on investment with every dollar helping a family or child in need in eastern Oklahoma. “The recent school closures remind us all how precarious the next meal is for many people in Oklahoma,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “Empty Bowls serves as a great moment to take notice of that need, and to affirm our commitment of standing with those who need our help. With the need and distribution up 20 percent this year, the event was more important than ever.” Honorary chair for the event was Katie Mabrey of Mabrey Bank. Guests to the event received a keepsake bowl, which serves as a reminder of the too many hungry Oklahomans. The bowls serve as an event focal point each year, and to highlight the bowl potters, attendees had the chance to witness a live pottery demonstration. More than 1,000 guests attended this year’s event, which will also included a raffle, wine pull, mystery box and a live auction.



With a goal of raising 2.8 million meals to feed those in need in Oklahoma and raise awareness of the hunger issues in the state, the Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner and Auction was recently held. This was the 22nd annual event presented by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which was held at the Cox Business Center ballroom.

The food bank is currently distributing 20 percent more food than last year. For that reason, this year’s goal was a 20 percent increase in meals raised.

For ach dollar collected at Empty Bowls, the Food Bank distributes the equivalent of four meals. With administrative costs below four percent of the organization’s budget, donors can rest assured the Food Bank will provide a good return on investment with every dollar helping a family or child in need in eastern Oklahoma.

“The recent school closures remind us all how precarious the next meal is for many people in Oklahoma,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “Empty Bowls serves as a great moment to take notice of that need, and to affirm our commitment of standing with those who need our help. With the need and distribution up 20 percent this year, the event was more important than ever.”

Honorary chair for the event was Katie Mabrey of Mabrey Bank. Guests to the event received a keepsake bowl, which serves as a reminder of the too many hungry Oklahomans. The bowls serve as an event focal point each year, and to highlight the bowl potters, attendees had the chance to witness a live pottery demonstration. More than 1,000 guests attended this year’s event, which will also included a raffle, wine pull, mystery box and a live auction.

Updated 05-22-2018

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