Empty Bowls Luncheon November 14th, 2016
An empty bowl is the symbol of hunger. In support of our neighbors coping with food insecurity, Barnabas hosted its third annual Empty Bowls luncheon on November 14th, 2016, to raise funds to combat hunger and crisis in Nassau County. Local restaurants donated a simple meal of soup and bread, volunteers served guests and prominent speakers will provided information and hope.
In addition, each guest chose from over 1,000 handcrafted bowls to find their favorite to take home. Potters, students, and senior citizens throughout the area created original ceramic bowls so that each attendee could have a permanent reminder of the many bowls we still need to fill in order to provide nourishment to the hungry in Nassau County.
Why Nassau County needs Empty Bowls
The reality of Nassau’s hunger problem
In Nassau County, over 13%, or almost 10,000 of our neighbors, are rarely sure how they’ll get enough to eat in the next few days. Over 3,000 of them are children.
Our ongoing hunger solution
Barnabas operates Nassau County’s largest Food Pantry and established the Hunger Coalition of Nassau, where we work with our partners to distribute yearly over 300,000 lbs. of food to our neighbors in need. Without such help, these families often go hungry.
The reality of Nassau’s healthcare problem
Uninsured, low income adults in Nassau have significant medical needs, but they have limited options for adequate care. They’re often forced to ignore controllable health issues until an emergency room is the only choice.
Our ongoing healthcare solution
Barnabas Health Services provides extremely low cost healthcare and dental care for our neighbors in need, integrating both primary and preventative services, improving their health and reducing the wasteful burden on emergency resources.
The reality of Nassau’s poverty problem
Many Nassau families are one paycheck away from crisis. Our community’s unemployment rate has dropped, but many workers have either stopped looking or are in much lower paid jobs than before. Their families’ personal resources are stretched beyond the limit.
The Empty Bowls solution
Empty Bowls is a grassroots, decentralized effort to combat hunger and all its residual effects. Barnabas brought Empty Bowls to Nassau County to help spread awareness in our community, to continue the battle against hunger, poverty and crisis, and to expand its mission of connecting people, help and hope. With your help, we’ll do just that.
Thank you to the more than 400 guests, volunteers and staff who attended this exciting luncheon. Critical funds were raised that will allow Barnabas to help so many who are in great need. Please enjoy this slideshow below from the event.
2016 Empty Bowls
2015 Empty Bowls
2016 Empty Bowl Sponsors
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Contact for More Information
Robin Howell, Barnabas Development Assistant (904) 261-7000 x106
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