Luncheon supports food drives

Filling empty bowls

Organizers of the 11th Empty Bowl Luncheon hope the annual fundraiser raises awareness of the worldwide problem of hunger.


This Sunday, the Augusta Jewish Community Center and the Golden Harvest Food Bank will join forces for a luncheon that benefits both organizations.

About 40 varieties of soupwill be served in handcrafted ceramic bowls made by local schoolchildren. There will also be bread and desserts.

The fundraiser also includes a silent auction, children’s meals and a take-out option.

“It’s such a great place to come after church and support a great cause,” said Susan Steinberg, the chairwoman of Empty Bowl 2012. “The great thing about it is the whole community is involved. You have students, teachers, restaurants, businesses. They all help.”

All the soups were donated by local restaurants and caterers. T-Bonz makes its lumberjack stew, which is no longer on the menu, and Sunshine Bakery brings its popular split pea soup.

Last year’s luncheon and silent auction proceeds raised $20,000, which was split by the two organizations.

Golden Harvest Food Bank distributes 14.5 million pounds of food yearly to people in need across 30 counties in Georgia and South Carolina.

The Augusta Jewish Com­munity Center provides education and social and cultural programming for children, adults and seniors.

It also operates a food bank, provides academic scholarships and runs a summer camp for children.

“We think they’re great causes,” Steinberg said. “And it’s fun. They can come and sample as many soups as they want. We have a good time.”



WHAT: An annual fundraiser for the Augusta Jewish Community Center and Golden Harvest Food Bank featuring soup and bread served in handcrafted ceramic bowls.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way

COST: Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 10; tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $7.50 for children

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