Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Fight Hunger at South River High School


Amelia Williams, a junior at SRHS, serving at last year’s event and a picture of people picking bowls.

South River High School is again sponsoring “Empty Bowls,” an event to fight hunger in the community. The event will take place on from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the South River High School cafeteria.

As part of Empty Bowls, ten local restaurants, including Yellowfin, The Greene Turtle, Chickfila, Chevy‘s, Chop House, Killarney House, Chad’s Chicken and BBQ, and the Steakhouse, have donated soup. Panera has donated bread. Local potters will be donating ceramic bowls.

Faculty sponsor Wesley Baker said that they have plenty of soup for the event, but that they would welcome additional bread sponsors and ceramic bowl sponsors.

Baker said that John McClure of the Potters Guild and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is spearheading most of the bowl donations this year from local artisans.

Ann Kenworthy, the former president of the Annapolis Potters Guild making bowls last year.

Ann Kenworthy, the former president of the Annapolis Potters Guild making bowls last year.

Here’s how the event works: buy a ticket—$15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children—and sample soups from the restaurants. You’ll get to pick out and take home a ceramic bowl made by artisans from the Potters Guild, Maryland Hall, Providence Center or South River High School ceramics classes. The funds raised will benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.

Last year’s event had 300 participants and raised $4,500.

Baker said that the bowls that people take home serve as a reminder that their participation helped ease someone’s hunger.


Tickets may be purchased by mailing checks to South River High School, 201 Central Avenue East, Edgewater, MD 21037 or purchased online.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools participates each fall in Harvest for the Hungry, a food collection drive that benefits community food banks and food pantries. In 2012, South River High School placed first in the state for raising money during Harvest for the Hungry.

If you have questions, or would like to participate by donating to the cause, contact Wes Baker by email.

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