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Loudoun Empty Bowls is an organization that grew out of an international grassroots effort called Empty Bowls. Kristen Swanson, Amy Berringer and Jenny Wolfer were working together at Kristen’s White House Ceramic Studios and they wondered about a way to use their beautiful ceramic bowls and love of pottery to enrich the community. They heard about the Empty Bowls movement and decided to hold a simple fundraising event to help the hungry in Loudoun County, VA. Magen Morse, with her extensive background in fundraising and charity work, was brought on board, and the four ladies incorporated in April 2014. As they prepared their application to be recognized as a 501(c)3 charity, Loudoun Empty Bowls welcomed Christi Palacios, a brilliant CPA who brought some serious organization to the organization. Finally, after doing a huge amount of work in 2014 with the Art Sale and coordinating with Stone Tower Winery, Kaarin Nelson took the plunge and became our official Facilities Liaison in 2015.

The concept of Loudoun Empty Bowls is that ceramic artists, students, and community members come together to produce handmade bowls and donate them to a fundraising event. The bowls are used to represent the empty bowls of the food insecure in our community. In exchange for a monetary donation, the donor receives a ceramic bowl and a bowl of soup and bread. The event not only promotes education of hunger issues in the community but also local arts and artists. Our organization was formed and developed for this one purpose – to offer bowls and a meal of soup and bread in exchange for a reasonable donation, and all the money earned will be donated to help with hunger relief in our community.

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