Filling Empty Bowls

By Carla Charter

POMFRET, VT.- A dinner which will serve soup in beautiful handcrafted bowls will support to assist community members who face empty bowls on a daily basis.

The tenth annual Empty Bowl Project began with the Pomfret Potters Group who had a desire to help others in the community. The potters created bowls for a dinner, then gave those who attended, the opportunity to purchase the bowls.

“The Empty Bowls Project, is an international effort which started 25 years ago and took hold through the Imagine/RENDER group.  It has been having a ripple effect in communities all over the world,” according to Judi Greene one of the founders of the Vermont Empty Bowl Project.

The Empty Bowls Project in Pomfret has grown over the years as has the number of community members creating the bowls. Currently, there are approximately 200 bowls made for the project and about 175 people who attend the event. This year the dinner will occur on March 31 at 4 p.m. at Pomfret Town Hall.  Also involved in the event is Atristree Community Arts center where the pots are created, painted and glazed. Artistree members also provide music for the Empty Bowls Project dinner.

Soups served at the Empty Bowls Project dinner include a vegan soup, corn chowder, roasted vegetable soup, minestrone, chili and split pea soup as well.  The soup bowls can be purchased at a price of $5-$25 depending on the bowl.  There will also be larger specialty bowls and sets of bowls available for sale.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Woodstock Community Food Shelf and Change World Kids, a food justice program that creates a garden has a root cellar and shares their fresh produce with the food shelf every week. As part of the Empty Bowl Project the $3-$4,000 raised through their dinner, will be donated to  the Woodstock Food Shelf and Change World Kids, a local  Food Justice Program which creates a garden, has a root cellar and provides fresh produce to the Woodstock Food Shelf.

The bi-yearly event continues to grow.  “People look forward to it at the end of winter. It has become a social evening. It is very relaxing and laid back. We sometimes have guests come from hotels in Woodstock,” she said.

More information on Artistree and the Empty Bowls Project can be found at


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