Last Saturday I wiped clean my bowl of robust vegan mushroom soup with a hearty crust of bread. Every morsel was worth savoring. Not only because of the pleasing texture and taste, but because of the occasion’s intent.
The Second Annual Hungry Bowls gathering, a local re-creation of the international Empty Bowls effort, raises awareness and money for Carroll County’s Flint Street and Loaves and Fishes Food Banks. The event is powered by my neighbor, Jim Wallace, and other area potters who handcraft hundreds of soup bowls and pull together the community dinner.
$20 buys Hungry Bowl attendees a unique bowl of one’s choosing, a meal of soup and bread donated by local restaurants, and an evening of good company along with the toe-tapping music of Jerry Jones and Friends. All celebrated in the Eureka Springs High School cafeteria. Simple. Down home.
In this “click for a cause” world of online protests and petitions, I find real-time, tangible place, local flavor, neighbor-helping-neighbor efforts vitally refreshing and effective both in spirit and action. Hungry Bowls puts food on tables during the economically challenging winter months. One one hand it doesn’t directly confront causes of the hunger scourge — income inequality, societal priorities, food waste,etc. But on another it strikes at the very heart of the matter by releasing our human capacity for mutual awareness, practical action and cooperative effort. And by nourishing our innate desire to give and make a difference.
What local effort is your Heart feeding and being fed by these days?