Empty Bowls Benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Melissa Kossler Dutton
Handmade vessels for an Empty Bowls fundraiser

Families wishing to assist the hungry can do so by lending their support to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s annual Empty Bowls program.

The innovative fundraiser brings communities together over bowls of hot soup to raise money for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Various locations around the city invite the public to donate $10 for a meal of soup and bread. Diners also receive a souvenir bowl to take home.

Since the program’s inception 20 years ago, the city has raised more than $257,000. For more information, go to columbus.gov/emptybowls.

Here is a list of dates and locations:

Nov. 1-3

Gillie Community Center, 2100 Morse Road, Columbus

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 9

Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St., Columbus

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 10

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2213 White Road, Grove City

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2480 W. Broad St., Columbus

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., Columbus

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Road, Columbus

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuttle Park Community Center, 240 W. Oakland Ave., Columbus

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 11

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Eastminster Presbyterian Church at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E. Main St., Bexley

Noon to 2 p.m.

Nov. 13

Altercare of Canal Winchester, 6725 Thrush Drive, Canal Winchester

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 14

Martin Janis Community Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., Columbus

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 15

Schiller Community Center, 1069 Jaeger St., Columbus

5-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17

Woodward Park Community Center, 5147 Karl Road, Columbus

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.