Good Samaritan Ministries issued a question and answer press release regarding the revamped version of the Empty Bowls Project, which will take place Thursday, April 30.

The press release is as follows:

Q: When is this year’s event?

A: The event is rescheduled for Thursday, April 30 at the GSM Food Warehouse at 305 Clark Street from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Q: Why hold the Empty Bowls Project at all this year?

A: The COVID-19 virus has definitely pushed the pause button on our lives creating school, business and church closures and canceling many events throughout our community. Families are struggling with job layoffs, children eating more meals at home and food shortages at local grocery stores. Food pantries like Good Samaritan are seeing new families enrolled daily that are dealing with these changes. The need has never been greater.

Q: How will the event work this year?

A: Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., community members can drive up to our Food Warehouse. With each $10 donation, an “attendee” will receive a hand-painted ceramic bowl and a coupon of their choice from one of our Soup-er Samaritan Food Sponsors. Area restaurants have graciously donated coupons in. Good Samaritan Staff and Board members will wear gloves and bring these items to attendees’ cars thereby helping practice social distancing.

Q: How does the Empty Bowls Project help the community?

A: Good Samaritan Ministries utilizes 90% of the Empty Bowls Project proceeds for the operation of the following local hunger ministries: Food Pantry, Food for Thought, Homebound Program, Homeless Boxes, the Deer Project, the Pig Project and the Mobile Food Pantry. In addition, this project gives schools, churches, civic organizations and businesses the opportunity to partner together to make this one-day event a success.

Q: What about the other 10% of the proceeds?

A: GSM donates the remaining 10% to an international hunger relief organization such as Samaritan’s Purse, Food for the Hungry or The Heifer Project to fight global hunger.

Q: What is the Empty Bowls concept?

A: The empty bowl serves as a reminder of the fight against hunger and food insecurity locally and globally. Those who do not have enough to eat often have only that — an empty bowl. The Empty Bowls Project provides the opportunity for the community to fill those bowls through donations and sponsorships.

Q: Since Good Samaritan will not need all the volunteers this year, how can we help?

A: Plan to “attend” the event. We usually have over a thousand people attend this event each year. We need you to participate. “Attendees” of the event can bring at least one food item to donate. Peanut butter, cans of tuna, canned vegetables or Ramen noodles are all things we use regularly. Consider donating more than the minimum $10. In addition, pray, pray, pray for the success of the event.

Q: Is hunger really a problem in Brown County?

A: Yes! GSM provides supplemental nutrition to an average of 800 families per month including homebound senior adults. We also provide weekend nutrition to approximately 170 chronically hungry schoolchildren on 13 campuses. In the first seven days of the shelter at home order we enrolled 20 new families—almost half of what we normally enroll in a month. Many Brown County residents are food insecure, and the COVID-19 virus has made the situation worse.

Q: If a business or organization wants to be a sponsor, who should they contact.

A: Call 325-643-2273 and ask for Leesa or Heather.