Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Benefit Flat Rock Backpack Program on Sunday, March 29

A large room of people during an Empty Bowls fundraiser
Flat Rock Backpack Program

For the fourth year, local pottery artists are firing their kilns to help hungry children in the greater Flat Rock area.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Empty Bowls, a community meal benefiting the Flat Rock Backpack Program, will take place inside the Parish Hall at The Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness, located at 1905 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock.

There will be three empty bowls seatings on Sunday, March 29, with suggested reservations at 12:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

Tickets are $25 per person or $50 for a family of two adults and children under 12 years old.

Each ticket includes one hand-crafted bowl (all donated by area potters) and a soup-based meal (a variety of soups, breads and desserts). Tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 2, at St. John in the Wilderness Parish House Office, from Backpack team members, or at the door on the day of the event.

The Flat Rock Backpack Program features volunteers who gather at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse on Friday mornings to pack between 150-180 grocery bags of food; nourishment for area nursery and school age children identified as those in need of weekend food. Annually, the group buys for, and packs approximately 6,000 backpacks which cost about 22 thousand dollars.  Neighbors from throughout the community donate their time while Saint John in the Wilderness acts as the ‘home’ base providing technical and administrative assistance (including 501c3 status).

For more information, call 828-693-9783 or visit facebook.com/flatrockbackpackprogram/. Credit cards are accepted; checks should be made out to SJIW, noting Empty Bowls.