FINAL SNEAK PEEK! Count down begins! Volunteers and staff for The Open Door 18th annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 3 are busy as bees! Soups and cookies are being made and collected, bowls are journeying from kiln to display!
Doors at Cruiseport Gloucester open at 4 p.m. and close at 8p.m. so you have 4 solid hours to fall in love with a bowl, bid on those Silent Auction Bowls, and tuck into some delicious local soup, bread and cookies!
This year is The Open Door’s 40th Anniversary, so come also to eat cake and celebrate!
Hope to see you there!
The meal is simple– soup, bread and a cookie. Choose a beautiful bowl made with care by a local artist, and take it home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere in our community someone’s bowl is empty.
The Open Door’s 18th annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach with free trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $20 ($15 for children under 10) and available at the door. Cash, check or charge.
“The Open Door provides household stabilization with good food,” said Julie LaFontaine, executive director. “The Empty Bowl Dinner helps raise awareness of hunger in our community and supports our Summer Meals and Mobile Market programs with locations in Gloucester, Rockport and Ipswich.”
More than 1,000 bowls have been created for the event by community members young and old. Silent Auction bowls include donated talent from local artists and professional potters. Soup has been comes from generous restaurants and caterers.
“The event is an example of a community coming together,” said LaFontaine. “Each one contributes to make a successful evening, and the bowl goes home as a reminder that somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.”
Last year The Open Door improved the health and lives of 7,747 individuals with 1,837,094 pounds of fresh produce, meals and groceries.
For more information call, 978-283-6776, or visit www.foodpantry.org
The Open Door needs help to give Holiday Meal Baskets to local families this year. A donation of $30 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, and write “turkey” in the memo line. 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, and Ipswich. To donate online or for more information please visit www.foodpantry.org.
The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security.