Handcrafted bowls needed for Placer Food Bank fundraiser

Third-annual event will feature simple meal
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Third-annual Empty Bowls

What: Fundraiser to benefit Placer Food Bank

When: Wine reception and simple dinner 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and luncheon noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Where: Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville

Cost: $50 for wine reception and dinner, $25 for luncheon. Tickets include a handcrafted bowl.

Info: To purchase tickets, call (916) 783-0481 or visit To donate a handcrafted bowl to the event, email

or call Mary Towne at (916) 521-4456.


For the third time in Placer County, people will come together for one evening to eat a simple meal of pasta, salad, bread and dessert.

This event, called Empty Bowls, is part of a nationwide movement to raise hunger awareness and funds for emergency food assistance by hosting a simple meal. Empty bowls symbolize those who do not have enough to eat.

The local fundraiser benefits the nonprofit Placer Food Bank, which is based in Roseville and serves people throughout Placer and surrounding counties.

“We continue to experience growth in the number of individuals who rely on local food pantries and feeding programs for supplemental or emergency food,” said Placer Food Bank Executive Director Dave Martinez in a press release. “Not many people realize hunger is a significant problem in Placer County, but indeed it is.”

He said one in seven people in this area — or nearly 49,000 people total — go to bed hungry each night.

Placer Food Bank needs donations of handcrafted and hand-painted ceramic bowls for the fundraiser, which includes a wine reception and simple dinner on Feb. 28 and a luncheon March 1 at Maidu Community Center in Roseville. The organization hopes to serve about 600 people over the two-day event, and is relying on the generosity of ceramic artists, art students and hobbyists to provide the bowls.