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April 4, 2014

Hunger Paints

Painted bowls part of this year’s Empty Bowls Project


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — CORRECTION - Published April 11, 2014 - Due to incorrect information provided to the Times-Tribune, a story that appeared on Page 1 of the Friday, April 4, 2014, edition contained an error. It should have said the Christian Life Food Pantry is the only United States Department of Agriculture-approved food pantry in Barbourville.

By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

As she dipped a paint brush in a container of bright purple paint, Sarah Pedersen announced her design plans for a clay bowl she held.

“I’m going to paint Sully from ‘Monster’s Inc.’”

Pedersen was among four girls with the Barbourville Junior Women’s Studies Club who sat around a table Tuesday with ceramic bowls and paintbrushes of various sizes.

The bowls the club members were painting are part of this year’s Empty Bowls Project — an annual fundraiser for the Christian Life Food Pantry, which is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved food pantry in Barbourville.

Later this month, the public will have the chance to purchase each of the bowls but for now, Kentucky Harvest Southeast is looking for sponsors.

According to Director of Business Development at Southeast L&N Credit Union Jim Dorn, the Empty Bowls Project has partnered with KCEOC Community Action Partnership to make the bowls that will be sold, and sponsors are needed so that KCEOC can provide the materials necessary for these bowls, which are made by local KCEOC potter Teresa Pope.

All proceeds will be donated to Kentucky Harvest Southeast to purchase food for the Christian Life Food Pantry and the Flat Lick Backpack Program. The Flat Lick Backpack Program costs approximately $18,000 per year to support, according to Dorn, and the Empty Bowls Project is the first of two fundraisers to help feed hungry children in the Flat Lick area.

According to Dorn, families have to meet rigorous qualifications for FDA-approved food pantries and the food might not be enough to carry families through the month, so Kentucky Harvest Southeast supplements food received from FDA-approved food pantries.

Kentucky Harvest Southeast is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who strive to end hunger in Southeast Kentucky. The project was designed to raise awareness of the hunger in Knox County and to raise money to feed the hungry. Since beginning in 2008, Kentucky Harvest Southeast has served more than 1.6 million meals in Southeastern Kentucky.

So far, 150 bowls have been created and are currently being painted by volunteers.  

How to help Knox County’s Empty Bowls project

—Become a sponsor: Kentucky Harvest Southeast is seeking sponsors for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Sponsorships begin at $100 and the money is used to fund the creation of the bowls. Checks payable to Kentucky Harvest Southeast can be sent to Kentucky Harvest Southeast Treasurer Jim Revoir at 305 West Fifth Street in Corbin, KY 40701. For more information, contact Revoir at 344-6673.

—Volunteer to paint bowls: Bowls, which are crafted by Teresa Pope, are painted by volunteers at KCEOC Kentucky Community Crafts. Volunteers should call Pope at 546-3152.

—Buy a bowl: The community is invited to choose and keep their favorite bowl with a $20 donation. These bowls are displayed April 17-18 at the 2 Amigos Mexican Restaurant and the front porch of Artisan on Main.