Empty Bowls Fight Hunger

Empty BowlsPORTLAND, Ore. (June 25, 2012) — Blues fans will find more than music at the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, July 4 to 8. They’ll also find beautiful, hand-crafted pottery at the Oregon Potters Association Empty Bowls booth.

Empty Bowls symbolizes hunger and poverty faced by people throughout the world. Originally created by a group of Michigan potters in 1991, Empty Bowls is now a national effort and an important fundraiser at the Waterfront Blues Festival. 

“This is an exciting year. We will celebrate several important milestones,” said Bill Sanchez, Empty Bowls co-chair. “Oregon Food Bank’s Waterfront Blues Festival will celebrate its 25th birthday. Oregon Potters Association will celebrate its 20th year of participation in the Waterfront Blues Festival. And the Oregon Glass Guild, our Empty Bowls partner, will celebrate its 15th year of being part of the event.

“To make it even more special,” Sanchez added, “the Empty Bowls event expects to surpass more than $250,000 in net donations since it began in 1993.

“The Oregon Potters Association and Oregon Glass Guilds are proud of our efforts to help feed people who are hungry,” said Sanchez. “This year, OPA organized two ‘throw-a-thon’ events to increase pottery donations. In addition, the potters who participated in the recent 30th anniversary of our Ceramic Showcase event were very generous in donating to Empty Bowls from their items for sale at Ceramic Showcase.” 

Oregon Potters Association, a group of potters working in Oregon and southwest Washington, and Oregon Glass Guild artists have donated thousands of beautiful, hand-crafted pieces to sell at the Empty Bowls Booth at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Proceeds directly benefit Oregon Food Bank’s work to fight hunger and its root causes. 

“When you are at the Waterfront Blues Festival, please stop by the Oregon Potters Association Booth to learn more about Empty Bowls,” Sanchez urges. “Say ‘hello’ to the artists and purchase some beautiful hand-made art to help Oregon Food Bank fight hunger in our communities. The demand for food is at record levels.”

About Oregon Potters Association:
The nonprofit Oregon Potters Association is a group of potters working in Oregon and southwest Washington. OPA’s goal is to promote individual creativity, excellence and growth through education and a cooperative spirit.

About Oregon Food Bank:
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, OFB believes it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.

The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root cause of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

Festival sponsors:
The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.
Major sponsors include: The Oregonian, KINK.fm, iQ Credit Union, FedEx, KIA Motors, Schnitzer Steel, Pepsi, Miller Lite, Deschutes Brewery, Mission Foods.

Supporting sponsors include: Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, Regal Cinemas, The Boeing Company, Health Net, Caring Ambassadors Program, OregonLive.com and Delta Music Experience (DME), EcoShuttle, SmartPark, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Earth2o Water, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Frito Lay, Yoshida, Dave’s Killer Bread, Dreyer’s, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, KBOO, Music Millennium, Oregon Music News, PrimePay, Sunbelt Rentals, Maverick Marketing, Portland Community College, Oregon Potters Association, Oregon Glass Guilds, Cascade Blues Association, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Karolyn H. March, attorney, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Cascade Zydeco Association, RiverPlace Hotel, Hotel Fifty, Marriott Hotel, Portland North Harbour Collection by Marriott, St. Stephens Table.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank.

For more information:

• Visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
• Subscribe to Blues E-News at www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
• Like the festival at www.facebook.com/waterfrontbluesfest
• Follow the festival at www.twitter.com/waterfrontblues.