How about we talk about the good news first? In Collin County, 92.5% of the population lives above the poverty level. That’s much better than the U.S. as a whole. Now for the bad news. Fourteen percent of Collin County residents do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of reliable, nutritious food. Twenty-five percent of students in McKinney schools face food insecurity every day.*
Now let’s get back to the good news. Residents of McKinney want to improve those numbers. That’s where McKinney Empty Bowls comes in.
Started in 2012, this generous and fun event pairs local craftspeople with diners to raise money to combat hunger. Funds raised support initiatives through McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center.
When you attend Empty Bowls, you will have the opportunity to purchase a handcrafted bowl from a local artisan and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread provided by some amazing local vendors.
This year’s event will be held at the MPAC on Thursday, April 16 form 5:30-7:30 pm. More than 30 local artists crafted bowls for the event or contributed to the silent auction or raffle. Bowls have also been contributed by community members and groups. The McKinney High School art students who donated over 100 bowls! Shout out to the MHS Lions for stepping up!
And true to McKinney, the food served will be simple, but fantastic. Participating vendors include Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Caudalie Crest Winery, Churchill’s British Restaurant & Pub, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, McKinney Culinary Incubator, McKinney’s Sweet Spot, Mellow Mushroom, Patina Green, SNUG on the Square, Square Burger and The Pantry Restaurant.
So get your tickets now. And, you can go online and bid for bowls if you can’t wait to get your hands on them! Tickets are $25 for dinner and a keepsake bowl, $15 just for dinner (but why would you want to do that?)
Get your tickets to McKinney Empty Bowls right here.
Bid on beautiful artisan bowls right here.
To learn more details about the event and the craftspeople, visit the Empty Bowls Facebook Page.
Empty Bowls wants to give a big shout out to SPARC Pottery Studio and Gallery, whose artists have worked tirelessly to make the event bowls and many of the auction bowls. Check them out. Maybe take a class.
*Thanks to the Community Garden Kitchen at Holy Family School for the statistics. This is another great organization fighting food insecurity in McKinney. You can meet them at Empty Bowls on Thursday evening. Also, they are looking for volunteers.