Bread of the Mighty to Host Sixth Annual Empty Bowls Event

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Bread of the Mighty

From 2008 to 2012, Christopher Dabney served as an infantry rifleman and team leader with the US Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton, California. An ongoing advocate for disabled veterans, Christopher Dabney has also volunteered at the Florida-based nonprofit organization Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

This coming April, Bread of the Mighty will be hosting its sixth annual Empty Bowls Event at Trinity United Methodist Church. The event, which has since been popularized by many food banks, originated with a high school teacher who wanted to raise funds for a food drive at his school. In supporting the fundraising project, students crafted handmade clay bowls and provided soup and bread to guests, who were encouraged to retain their bowls as a reminder of world hunger.

The 2016 Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls Event welcomed more than 400 guests and garnered more than $76,000 in donations. Sponsors and supporters included schools, churches, nonprofit agencies, and local businesses.


Bread of the Mighty Food Bank’s Annual Empty Bowls Event

Empty Bowls Event pic
Empty Bowls Event

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.