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 MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper

Mary Trotochaud of Everyday Pottery in Belmont donated these bowls for the 2016 MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast.

Beautiful Bowls, Savory Soup, Music and Friends

MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper

With music by the Happytown Band

Want to buy a handsome, Maine-made bowl and support the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's work – all for just $15 ($35 maximum for families)? Come to the committee's 16th annual Empty Bowl Supper on Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Belfast – this year at United Farmers Market of Belfast at 18 Spring Street, since our usual location, the Unitarian Church in Belfast, is under construction.

Each year MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee holds this fundraiser, thanks to the generosity of the Unitarian Universalist Church and many Maine potters who donate their beautiful bowls. Several have donated since our first event.

Phis supper raises funds for the El Salvador Committee's work. Those funds have helped bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, meet with community organizers and agricultural officials, and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair; helped fund events relating to the Central American Free Trade Agreement for our sistering organizations in El Salvador; and helped with work to prevent mining companies from destroying our Salvadoran sisters' mountains, water supplies, communities and agricultural lands.

Empty Bowl Suppers started in Michigan in 1990, when a high school art teacher helped his students raise funds to support a food drive. A class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal evolved. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Subsequently, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, promotes the project, and Empty Bowl events raise millions of dollars worldwide to help combat hunger.

Please join us for delicious soups, breads and desserts and to socialize. Enjoy live music by the Happytown Band from Orland, Maine (
https://www.facebook.com/thehappytownband/timeline?ref=page_internal), and take home a beautiful bowl, handcrafted and donated by a Maine potter. Tickets will be available at the door.

Empty Bowl Suppers started in Michigan in 1990, when a high school art teacher helped his students raise funds to support a food drive. A class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal evolved. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Subsequently, Empty Bowls developed into a project to support food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, promotes the project, and Empty Bowl events raise millions of dollars worldwide to help combat hunger.


  

 El Salvador Sistering Project Minimize

MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Project maintains a relationship between MOFGA and two Salvadoran grassroots organizations working toward sustainable agriculture.

The committee explores issues such as organic certification, free trade, marketing, etc., that affect farmers in both countries.

Several delegations from Maine have visited El Salvador, and delegates from El Salvador have come to Maine to tour farms and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair.

Each April, the El Salvador Sistering Committee hosts an Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast to raise funds for the ongoing collaborative work. Dinner guests make donations to the efforts, enjoy a hearty meal, and take home beautiful, handcrafted bowls made by Maine artisans. We are always looking for donations of handmade bowls (including seconds!) from potters. If you have bowls to donate, contact Karen Volckhausen. Thanks!

Information for Prospective El Salvador Sistering Project Committee Members

Reports from Past MOFGA Delegations to El Salvador


    

 US-El Salvador Sister Cities Minimize

MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee works closely with the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network, a grass-roots organization of U.S. citizens and residents who have ongoing partnerships with small rural communities in El Salvador. Those partnerships began in 1986 as a citizen-based response to the U.S. intervention in El Salvador’s civil war. Today, twenty sister cities from across the U.S. are paired with Salvadoran communities in six of El Salvador’s fourteen provinces. The Association for the Development of El Salvador, or CRIPDES, facilitates these efforts. Sister Cities works to connect and strengthen movements for social justice in the U.S. and El Salvador by sharing experiences, support, and accompaniment. The organization strives to build a new kind of globalization, one built from the ground up and united by human values of justice and solidarity. More information about Sister Cities.


    

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