MOFGA’s Empty Bowl Supper

Apr 13, 2014
Handsome, locally-made ceramic bowls are part of the Empty Bowl supper experience.

Belfast — Every year, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s El Salvador Sistering Committee serves up soup and more in an Empty Bowl Supper fundraiser. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St.

Tickets at the door will be $15, with a $35 family cap. Attendees will enjoy delicious soups, breads and desserts; enjoy folk/blues guitar music performed by Grey Parrot of Hancock; and get to take home a beautiful bowl, handcrafted and donated by a Maine potter. Ted Quaday, MOFGA’s executive director, will speak briefly.

Funds raised by the annual supper have helped bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, meet with community organizers and agricultural officials and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair; helped fund events relating to the Central American Free Trade Agreement for sistering organizations in El Salvador; and helped with work to prevent mining companies from destroying Salvadoran mountains, water supplies, communities and agricultural lands.

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. Subsequently, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, promotes the project and Empty Bowl events raise millions of dollars worldwide to help combat hunger.

For more information, call MOFGA at 568-4142 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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