Christopher Dabney, a senior finance major at the University of Florida, is a decorated former infantry team leader with the United States Marine Corps. Dedicated to helping others, Christopher Dabney regularly donates to charitable organizations that support veterans and has volunteered with such community groups as Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.
Since 1987, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank has been collecting, sorting, and distributing food and basic essentials to charitable organizations throughout North Central Florida. The organization has established a number of initiatives and programs over the years, along with several events like the Empty Bowls event. An annual event, Empty Bowls raises funds to support Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and promote awareness of hunger problems in the local community. The concept originated from a high school teacher’s attempt to get his students involved in supporting a food drive and has since been adopted by several other food banks.
The Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls Event has since grown beyond the original idea of simply providing a meal and allowing guests to keep the bowl they were served. While this concept is generally maintained, the event now brings in numerous agencies, business, schools, and faith organizations that support Bread of the Mighty. Each year, the event features keynote speakers, and some years it has a basket auction. All guests receive a bowl handcrafted by local students to take home at the end of the night.