empty bowls - 2020
NEW EMPTY BOWLS DINNER AND EVENTS FOR 2020
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
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
your meal to go!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
contact Maureen at
To donate artist bowls and art items,
contact Gwen at
To make a contribution to Empty Bowls,
on-line you can go to
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.