Empty Bowls Event Raises Funds for Local Hunger Programs

Seven churches in the Baltimore and Thurston, OH, area come together every March to hold a fundraiser called "Empty Bowls" to raise money for local food pantries and community programs. Each church brings a different variety of soup, as well as items to auction. This year, the Empty Bowls event raised $6,000 for the Baltimore/Thurston Food Pantry, Good Neighbors Senior & Summer Lunch Program, Thurston UMC Lunch Program and the Liberty Township Community Chest. For information on starting an Empty Bowls event in your area, contact Darcy Soliday at Christ UMC at 740-862-4343 or email office [at]