BLAINE COUNTY, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) – You might not think a place like Sun Valley needs a food bank…
But The Hunger Coalition in Blaine County says it served meals to almost 4,000 people in 2015, which is nearly a quarter of Blaine County’s population.
Over half of those meals went to children.
“Our clients are your neighbors. They could be the person that works at the supermarket or the person that takes your lift tickets or the barista, or dishwasher, housekeeper. It’s the general working force of our valley,” said Julie Molema, The Hunger Coalition.
The Sixth Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is taking place on Sunday in Ketchum.
The event raises money for The Hunger Coalition and features hand–made bowls that you can purchase for $20 and then fill with a gourmet lunch donated by local chefs and caterers.
Empty Bowls got its start 25 years ago in New England, and then spread internationally with potters near and far making bowls.
Restaurants and caterers donate their services, and they choose the month of January, which is when most food banks go hungry, after the generous holiday season.
“The potters are people anywhere from six years old to 80 years old. People who have spent their life playing in the mud as I like to call it, and also people who have never held a piece of clay in their hands before. So, there’s the full gamut,” said Sandra Hofferber, Boulder Mountain Clayworks.
You can purchase and fill your empty bowl on Sunday from noon to 2pm at the Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.