Saturday afternoon I was lucky enough to volunteer at Empty Bowls Monongalia. This program promotes an end to hunger and strives to bring awareness to local hunger issues. The phrase “We’ll stand in a SOUP LINE so others WON’T have to…” was on the backs of shirts that were made for the event. A ticket was $15 for endless soup and your own handcrafted bowl. The bowls were made by many local artists and donated to the event.
While I was expecting a good turnout, I was in no way prepared for the size of the event. When I arrived, the line was out the door! It stayed pretty steady until the last 45 minutes or so of the event. I sampled two delicious soups, a chili, and a crab soup.
My job was to refill the cookie trays at each table in my section, with ten tables to look after I was constantly moving. I volunteered by myself and was working with a group of people I had never met, everyone was great. Working a few hours made me appreciate waiters’ feet a whole lot, mine were killing me by the end of my shift.
In the back of the space was a small section with three tables holding the donated bowls. As people were constantly taking a bowl, other bowls were set down to take their place. I went back once to make sure I had gotten the right bowl and I think I made the perfect choice.
My biggest regret is that I didn’t have enough time to sample all the soups but there’s always next year!