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empty bowls - 2020 events


 The fall tradition of Empty Bowls is here and the Empty Bowls committee is planning new ways for you to participate during this pandemic year. We know it will not be the same as the wonderful gathering of our community for our soup supper, music and shopping, but we will have many of the parts of Empty Bowls for you in new formats.  We hope that you will help us reach our goal to match the $30,000 raised last year. 


Mark your calendar for the first event

Empty Bowls Dinner on Friday, October 9th
We are working with John Sanders of Old Town Grill,  who is a wonderful chef and humanitarian extraordinaire. 
He will be making a delicious 3 course dinner for Empty Bowls.
You can dine al-fresco at the fairgrounds.....or take your meal to go!

 The delicious menu choices you have are:

** Stuffed pork chop w/ Apple almond stuffing served w/ horseradish mashed potatoes & Fair Market vegetables (Or)

** Chicken Parmesan w/  penne pasta & Fair Market vegetables (Or)

** Eggplant Parmesan w/ penne pasta & Fair market vegetables

 All meals will start w/ a field green salad w/ apples, pears, jicama & feta paired w/ oregano orange vinaigrette & finished w/ a personal dessert.

The cost is $45 per person.

 You can order on-line starting October 4th at:



Artist and student bowls with recipes will be available for sale at the dinner pick-up area.

 Hands4Hope student volunteers will help with service at the dinner.

The mission is to inspire and empower youth in leadership and service. They do this by giving youth a platform to make their voices heard on issues affecting our community and provide them the opportunity to take action in their own way. 

As usual the proceeds from Empty Bowls will be split locally and internationally.  The Upper Room Dining Hall in Placerville has been serving 300 meals per day to people in need since COVID hit. This is quite an increase, more than double their usual amount.  This includes providing meals for “Project Room Key” located at a Pollock Pines Hotel and housing our homeless folks that are at high risk of COVID.  The Upper Room is  working to expand their services to develop and operate winter housing for more homeless people in our community. This is very exciting.  They are working with El Dorado Community Foundation and a new non-profit Housing El Dorado.

 Internationally, we will support Earth Angels of Ghana for a second year.  
Their goal has been to build a farm to feed the needy, while teaching people how to farm.  Thanks to Empty Bowls 2019, they have just about completed a fish farm with a nursery and hatchery that will grow thousands of fish. The barn is almost done as well. The barn will have a living quarters for the workers/volunteers as well as hold their stock. It is just about fully opened now, and interestingly enough, the virus did not hit hard in Ghana like it did in the USA. Earth Angels’ next goals are to fence the property, build a smoker for the fish, and add a number of other crops.

 Here are some other ways to support Empty Bowls.  
We will be distributing a variety of mini-virtual events along with fundraising appeals.  Later in October and November, you will get to see the wonderful music of Achilles Wheel and Coloma Celtic and dance in your home.  We will revisit prior Empty Bowls Suppers, see how services are provided at the Upper Room, visit Earth Angel’s in Ghana and go visit the Andean Alliance in the Sacred Valley of Peru, who Empty Bowls supported for 4 years and see their work to build green houses in the highlands of Peru.

Empty Bowls is sponsored by El Dorado Peace and Justice Community and the Upper Room. We will not be needing any additional volunteers, soup-makers, and bakers this year.  Take the year off and in stead of making soup, baking bread, buying wine and silent auction items, we hope that you will donate the the amount that you usually spend.  It is our sincere hope that the generosity of our community will help us reach our goal of $30,000 for Empty Bowls 2020. 


For questions, contact Maureen at dionperry@att.net.

To donate artist bowls and art items, contact Gwen at gwenyaeger66@gmail.com.

To make a contribution to Empty Bowls, on-line you can go to www.edpjc.org or mail a check to EDPJC, PO Box PO Box 543, Diamond Springs, CA 95619


In closing, this is the 20th year of Empty Bowls in El Dorado County and over these years our community has raised over $200,000 to feed the hungry!! 
That is quite a statement about our community.  We are truly grateful for your generosity. 
Stay well and take care of yourself.




El Dorado Peace & Justice Community   P.O. Box 543   Diamond Springs, CA 95619