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Berkshire Food Project Fills 'Empty Bowls'

By Kathy
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The Berkshire Food Project's 'Empty Bowl' fundraiser is designed to raise awareness about hunger in the community.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — About 250 warm hearts filled "Empty Bowls" at a fundraiser last week for Berkshire Food Project.

Participants who purchased $30 tickets for the meal were given an empty bowl made by local artisans that they filled with tasty soups made by various local chefs. Held every two years, this event helps to raise community awareness of hunger/lack of food for individuals and families in Northern Berkshire and brings in funding for Berkshire Food Project. 

This year, the funds are particularly needed because of increased participation at the weekday lunches the project hosts at First Congregational Church and rising costs for the organization. Serving the bustling crowd that had to be served in two seatings were about 40 volunteers, which included Williams College students and community members of all ages.

"It was wonderful to have so many volunteers for this important event for us," said Valerie Schwarz, the food project's director. "I appreciate all that the volunteers do daily throughout the year. But, we DO need MORE volunteers to help with our daily lunches that are served Monday through Friday at the First Congregational Church in North Adams, as we have been a little short recently."

Volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve and clean up on any weekday that they have available and for as much time as they can spare between 9 and 1. Sign up as a volunteer on and choose this Volunteer Opportunity as a food server at Berkshire Food Project. 

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