Local residents are invited to help Floyd County children by attending the annual Empty Bowls event Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Floyd County High School. Advance tickets are now on sale.

Empty Bowls aligns Floyd’s strength as an artisan community with a mission to support New River Community Action’s Floyd County Backpack Program. The program distributes food to eligible Floyd County school children to take home for the weekend. Empty Bowls is the fundraiser for the program.

NRCA’s Floyd Back Pack program makes a real difference over the weekend for school children in Floyd County who are at risk for hunger, explains the sponsors. The Backpack program provides easy-to-prepare food to children who otherwise might not have access to adequate food during the weekends and serves over 200 Floyd County students in all five schools and NRCA Head Start this school year.

“We are so fortunate to have the award-winning potters of Floyd County and the Blue Ridge Potter’s Guild who donate over 500 beautiful soup bowls. The potters make this event possible, and we are very thankful for their support,” states Susan Sutterer, the Chairperson of the NRCA Empty Bowls Event Committee.

Glenda George, the Empty Bowls Committee Soup and Bread Organizer, states, “The people of Floyd are so giving with donations of delicious soup and bread, businesses donate supplies, and many volunteers make this event possible. Additionally, cookies, and drinks and silent auction items are donated for the event, and we always have wonderful entertainment.”

Diners are also invited to check out the silent auction items, including FloydFest tickets and Anne Vaughan jewelry.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults in advance and $18 at the door, $5 for children age 6-12, age 5 and under are free. Advance tickets may be purchased during business hours at the Floyd New River Community Action, located at 120 Epperly Mill Road SW. Tickets are also available at Floyd Center for the Arts, the Bell Gallery and Garden, Floyd County Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce, and Red Rooster beside the Floyd Post Office. New this year, advance tickets can also be purchased at The Pharm House and online at: www.newrivercommunityaction.org/floyd-backpack-program.

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