Our annual “Empty Bowls Soup ‘n More” took place this year on January 13. The event was sold out, and everyone who bought a ticket went home with a unique bowl crafted by the Potters of the Wind River.
Soups and other foods were donated by local restaurants, including cheesy tomato soup, egg drop soup, green chili, chicken moodle soup, potato-corn chowder, tomato bisque, and much more.
Various local performers offered live music. Best of all, patrons enjoyed discovering the community of Food Bank supporters, the kind of people who extend a helping hand to their neighbors.
In 2017, the Food Bank saw a 58% increase in need over the prior year. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving we served food boxes to 97 families in 2 hours—an all-time record. Despite the increase, our budget and monetary donations remain relatively constant.
Join us this Saturday at the Senior Center for our “Empty Bowls” fundraiser!
We will have soups and other foods from the Breadboard, China Garden, the Cowfish, the Gannet Grill, Gourmet Catering, Kai’s Espresso and Gifts, the Lander Bake Shop, LVHS Creative Foods, the Middle Fork, Mr. D’s, Safeway, Tony’s Pizza, What’s for Dinner?, The Summit Restaurant, and Wyoming Catholic College.
Soups will be served in one-of-a-kind, handmade bowls from the Potters of the Wind Rivers. Some examples of the bowls are on display at the Lander Library—check them out!Tickets are $35 ahead of time or $40 at the door. If you just want to support a great cause, enjoy great company, and listen to the live music, you can purchase a soup cup for $15.
Here are some soup bowls by Majelle Lee and Cristin Zimmer:
The heart of the Lander Care and Share Food Bank is our generous volunteers. They show up every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and whenever else the need arises to make sure the hungry and food insecure of Fremont County get food with a healthy dose of love. This past Friday, the LCSFB Board of Directors put in a picnic to show how much we appreciate these amazing people.
The Lions’ Shelter was a perfect venue for burgers and brats.
The heroic folks who feed others were themselves fed!
Board members Ron Kopriva and Annette Martin hold the amazing check from the Challenge for Charities fundraiser. Our Lander Community raised over $18,500 (before the match) for the Lander Care & Share Food Bank. Thank you Lander and the Lander Community Foundation!
The Lander Care & Share Food Bank was the recipient of the University of Wyoming’s Centsible Nutrition Program’s “Champions of Change Award.” Centsible Nutrition Program Educator Rebecca Green presented the award to the Food Bank’s Director, Audrey Krise, “in recognition of their commitment to building a healthier community through efforts that support better nutrition and physical activity.”
Rebecca Green prepares recipes using the Lander Care & Share Food Bank’s commodity items. Each month Becky provides tastes as well as copies of the recipes the clients can make with items they receive at the Food Bank.
This past weekend the Lander Care & Share Food Bank hosted its Empty Bowls “Soup ‘n More” fundraiser at the Lander Senior Center. It was a huge success as they served soup to a sold out crowd and raised more money this year than ever – nearly $5,000.
Many thanks to everyone who came and to everyone who helped out with serving, music, or clean-up!
The Potters of the Wind River have prepared some enchanting bowls for tomorrow’s fund raising event. Purchase a bowl to support the Food Bank and then fill it with scrumptious soup donated by one of Lander’s fine restaurants.
Tickets will go fast, so be sure to arrive on time!