As a part of the club’s efforts to support the 10 Million Meals Campaign, South Hall Rotary teamed with Straight Street Ministries first-ever summer camp to host an Empty Bowl Lunch Painting Party.
Straight Street’s Summer Camp provided two weeks of activities of children from all walks of life but several of the students are beneficiaries of the ministries Backpack Love program that provides food to food-insecure children over the weekends. During the camp, these children got the opportunity to paint a bowl for the annual Georgia Mountain Food Bank fundraiser that helps to provide Straight Street with food for kids throughout the school year.
South Hall Rotary thought it would be a great opportunity to throw a pizza party lunch for the kids and give them an opportunity to teach them about putting service above self.
The camp participants – ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade -were told about how the empty bowls were used to help raise funds to make sure that those in our area didn’t go hungry.
“We were concerned that the kids might not understand why they weren’t able to keep the bowls at the end of the day, but not a single one of them objected to doing something for someone else” stated President-Elect Amanda Groover.
Each year the Empty Bowl lunch raises thousands of dollars and is the primary fundraiser for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Each one of the 26 Bowls that were painted is equal to 3900 meals for the organization.
“The really cool thing is that several of the campers are direct recipients of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank each year through various organizations. It gave us a chance to let them give back to a group that directly benefits them at the end of the day” stated club President Rena Pendley.
This is one of the many activities that the South Hall Rotary club has planned this year to benefit the 10 Million Meal Challenge. However, working with these kids may very well have been the cutest one we have planned.