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Raising money for the hungry - Empty Bowls event is Saturday

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Submitted to the Optic

Each year the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Samaritan House’s Casa de Samaritan Shelter provide thousands of meals to hungry families in the area. By serving hot meals and providing opportunities for social interaction and resource referral, these two agencies help people make ends meet and ensure that fewer people go hungry.

Empty Bowls is part of a nationwide effort to end hunger. At events all over the country, potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

The Las Vegas Empty Bowls event will take place Saturday  at the Methodist Church, 715 National Ave. Lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for soup, bread, a beverage and dessert, and a choice of a handmade bowl to take home.

All funds go to support the operations of the Soup Kitchen and Samaritan House. The event will feature music by UWC-USA students. Local restaurants are donating soup.

New Mexico is second in the nation in terms of food insecurity. For every person helped by these programs, there are two more in need of assistance. Hungry people make difficult choices between paying for utilities and paying for food.

Many seniors struggle to afford food and medicine each month, and can’t afford both. For young children, an adequate and nutritious diet can make a difference in educational attainment later in life.

Tickets for Empty Bowls are available from Semilla’s, Traveler’s, or in person from Jane Warsaw of Crystal Cave Pottery, by calling 425-3120.

Casa de Samaritan is open every evening at 6 p.m. for dinner and offers lodging, showers, laundry and resource referral as well as breakfast for guests who stay overnight.

The Soup Kitchen offers a hot lunch every Wednesday to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information, call Samaritan House at 454-1390 or visit its website at www.lvsamaritan.org.