FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2019
Contact: Sharon Harmon, 754-7088
Caldwell County Yokefellow Sponsors
4th Annual EMPTY BOWLS Event
FEEDING OUR NEIGHORS
Lenoir, NC - As communities in America observe Hunger Action Month in September, Caldwell County
Yokefellow reminds everyone that hunger continues to be an issue for our neighbors. 2015 Census Data on Poverty indicates that 1 in 5 US children is living in poverty. The National child food insecurity rate is 20.9%,our NC state child food insecurity rate is 24.6% and Caldwell County’s child food insecurity rate is 27.5%.Overall, the National food insecurity rate is 15.4% and Caldwell County’s overall food insecurity rate is 15.9%.
These are not numbers to boast. Yokefellow finds these numbers to be completely unacceptable and
works each and every day to provide healthy, nutritious foods from their pantry and from the kitchen at LEOS.
“Empty Bowls: Feeding Our Neighbors” encourages artists and groups to create and donate bowls,
local chefs to prepare their delicious signature soups and breads, then serve a simple meal. Founded in 1990-91 by a Michigan community to raise charitable funds, Empty Bowls has since become a synonymous event in support of hunger efforts.
Yokefellow’s 2019 event is being held Saturday, October 26th, 11am-2pm and you can drop in anytime
at the new William Lenoir Middle School, 1366 Wildcat Trail, in Lenoir.
The Empty Bowls Steering Committee has recruited several cooking groups and chefs to prepare 6
different soups for a hearty meal of soup, bread and a hand prepared desserts. Guests choose a bowl that day to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and the handcrafted bowl, guests will pay a suggested donation of $25 each. One hundred percent of the October 26th meal proceeds are designated in support of the Yokefellow food pantry program.