The El Salvador Sistering Committee of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host its 10th annual Empty Bowl Supper Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St. Paul D’Alessio of Primo Cubano will perform live music.

Empty Bowl Suppers started in Michigan in 1990, when a high school art teacher helped his students raise funds to support a food drive. A class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal evolved. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Subsequently, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger.

Each year, MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee and the Green Sanctuary and Social Justice Committees of the Unitarian Universalist Church serve this supper to raise funds for the El Salvador Committee’s work. Those funds have helped bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, meet with community organizers and agricultural officials, and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair. Proceeds also have helped fund events relating to the Central American Free Trade Agreement for MOFGA’s sistering organization in El Salvador, and supported work to prevent mining companies from destroying Salvadoran mountains and agricultural lands.

Those who would like to buy a handsome Maine-made bowl, have a delicious meal and support the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee’s work may do so for a donation of $15, $35 maximum for families. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call MOFGA at 568-4142.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to