Hungry Bowl donates $8,100 to food banks

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanks to the second annual Hungry Bowl, many Carroll County residents will have a meal on Thanksgiving this year.

The event, an off-shoot of an international grassroots effort to end hunger, took place Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Eureka Springs High School. This year, the event raised $8,100 for Carroll County food banks.

Cathrin Yoder, a Hungry Bowl organizer, said $3,100 was donated to Flint Street Fellowship and $5,000 was given to Loaves & Fishes Food Bank.

"Last year, we just kind of split it but we thought that may not be a good idea because we wanted to see how many people were being fed at each food bank," Yoder said. "The way we did the distribution is by the number of people they serve."

Jeanne Thompson, who works with Loaves & Fishes, said the money will be used to provide vouchers for pies and meat for the holidays.

"It's a voucher given out between Thanksgiving and Christmas to make holidays brighter for our client families," Thompson said.

Flint Street Fellowship's Pat Kasner noted that the Eureka Springs food bank will be using the money the same way. Before the holiday season ends, Kasner said, Flint Street gives almost 200 people a $25 voucher for a ham or a turkey.

"This money will definitely be a big help to that," Kasner said.

Yoder thanked those in the community who sponsored the Hungry Bowl, including local restaurants that provided soup for the event. With the event raising $6,000 last year, Yoder said this year's output was impressive. All the work leading up to the event, she noted, was worth it.

"It was a joy for all of us potters, an absolute joy. It's one way we can give in a substantial way," Yoder said.

Through the Hungry Bowl, she said she realized how many hungry people live in Carroll County.

"There is a substantial need. It's not just somebody passing through or somebody who needs a meal every now and then. These people are really down and out," Yoder said.

Thompson agreed, saying the Hungry Bowl is one of the many community supporters helping the food bank.

"We especially appreciate the Hungry Bowl, because they've been committed to the cause of hunger for two years and their donation comes at a perfect time for us," Thompson said.

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