Solana Beach’s Calvary Lutheran helps raise more than $10,000 for elderly, hungry, working poor

Two churches raised more than $10,000 at an Oct. 18 dinner to benefit elderly, hungry and working poor people in San Diego.

Volunteers from Calvary Lutheran in Solana Beach and the Chinese Bible Church of San Diego served soup and bread provided by 27 local restaurants in ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artisans. Participants got to choose their bowls and take them home afterward.

“I am so pleased to have participated in the Empty Bowls event,” county Supervisor Dave Roberts said. “Food insecurity is a real problem for real people, including families facing temporary financial hardship.

“Empty Bowls received great community support, which shows that by working together, we can make a real difference toward ending hunger,” Roberts said.

More than 350 people enjoyed the third annual event at Calvary called “Empty Bowls.” It will benefit the Third Avenue Charitable Organization at First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego — a social ministry that provides free meals plus medical, dental and mental health care to people in need, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Since 2012, the events have raised enough money to run one of TACO’s clinics for 26 months or to provide nearly 36,000 meals to needy individuals.

The North County chapter of Thrivent Financial contributed $1200 to the fund-raiser this year. Entertainment was provided by The Big Decisions, a local band.

Created in 1990 by an art teacher in Michigan, Empty Bowls is now an international grass-roots effort to fight hunger.

“Empty Bowls will continue to remind us of our abundance and also the reality that so many around us go hungry,” said the Rev. Dr. Lawrence L. Hand, pastor of Calvary. “We will continue this effort faithfully until every bowl is filled and every person is fed and nourished as God intends.”

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