Bowl ‘em Over
Ned Turnbull
Justin Allman
Pat Moore
David Pitelka

How often do you have the opportunity to help fight hunger and bring home a piece of hand-thrown pottery? 

On Sunday, October 1, Fishes and Loaves in Cashiers and The Food Pantry of Highlands are sponsoring Empty Bowls to fight food insecurity locally.

Many area artists have chosen to donate their time and efforts by making numerous bowls which serve as the foundation of the fundraiser. One of whom is Ned Turnbull.

Turnbull brought the idea of Empty Bowls to Cashiers as he had participated previously in Mississippi and says, “We feel blessed to have our time in Cashiers. Any form of giving back is quite rewarding, and it’s another way to meet wonderful people in this area.”

Justin Allman of Firemoss Pottery in Cashiers first got involved with Empty Bowls in Florida before relocating to the mountains. Since then he’s been donating bowls for the Fishes and Loaves benefit and expects to provide them with 50 more for this year’s event. Allman believes the best way to strengthen the community is by getting involved.

Dave Pitelka, of Charlotte and Cashiers, admits to being a relative newcomer to pottery. He started taking classes in Charlotte and uses the studio there to throw the 40 or so pots he’ll donate to Empty Bowls in Cashiers. 

“It’s a very worthwhile cause and I am happy to be involved,” says Pitelka.

Pat Moore is involved with the fundraiser in both Sarasota and Cashiers. 

“There is no more compelling need, in my view, than providing support to the community organizations like Fishes and Loaves and The Food Pantry, in their mission to help families struggling to put food on the table,” she says.

Empty Bowls in Cashiers is being hosted by The Orchard Restaurant on Sunday, October 1 from noon until 2:00 P.M. and in Highlands at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands on October 1 from 11:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. For more information how you can help support the works of Fishes and Loaves in Cashiers, contact Carole Stork at (828) 743-3222. In Highlands, Andrea Smith at The International Friendship Center, (828) 526-0890, will be happy to tell you about Empty Bowls and The Food Pantry of Highlands.