The 27th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit for Hoosier Hills Food Bank will be the most unusual and undoubtedly the most important to date. Due to the safety concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 27th annual Soup Bowl will go virtual on 2-21-21. Even though participants will not be able to gather in person this year, the spirit of Soup Bowl will carry on. Hand-made bowls by local potters will still be available for pick up in advance of an entertaining and socially engaging virtual event hosted on the new streaming music platform, Mandolin. The program will feature music and messages from Soup Bowl regulars, including Carrie Newcomer, Malcolm Dalglish, Sam Bartlett, and Eric Schedler and many surprise guests.
Tickets prices are listed below and available for purchase through a link at www.hhfoodbank.org. Tickets provide access to the virtual event that will be streamed from 5:30-7:30pm on Sunday, February 21 and include a hand-made bowl by a local potter, soup recipes and a program for the streamed event.
Single bowl & stream tickets: $30
View-only tickets (no bowl): $15.
Sponsorships that include tickets are also available with information at www.hhfoodbank.org.
Bowls will be randomly assigned and may be picked up safely in drive-thru style at the Monroe Convention Center parking lot on Friday, February 19 (3pm-7pm) or Saturday, February 20 (10am-4pm). All bowls will be hand-crafted by a local potter.
Proceeds will benefit Hoosier Hills Food Bank, whose response to the pandemic has helped keep our community fed. The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is the principal non-profit food distribution organization for those facing food insecurity in south-central Indiana. HHFB collects, stores and distributes food to nearly 100 non-profit agencies that feed the hungry in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties and through direct service programs. Food distribution has consistently run over 40% ahead of 2019 and HHFB surpassed the total 2019 distribution by October and distributed a record-shattering over six million pounds of food by November. Over 10,000 households have been served at special large food distributions since May and the food bank continues working to supply nearly 100 agencies with food for Christmas and the new year.
The Soup Bowl Benefit, now in its 27th year, brings together the local arts and restaurant communities, which have also been hard-hit by COVID-19. Potters donate many of our bowls, and the remainder will be reimbursed at wholesale cost to help support their important work. While we can’t safely distribute food en masse this year, we also encourage you to consider ordering soup, bread, and beverages for take out from one of the Soup Bowl’s many supporters.
“While we won’t be able to gather in person, we were not about to let this pandemic stop the spirit of the Soup Bowl,” said HHFB Executive Director and CEO Julio Alonso. “We’ll still have great entertainment, beautiful bowls and enjoy soup we can make ourselves with recipes or purchase as take out to support a local restaurant, and we’ll still be coming together by supporting those who have struggled to have enough food during this challenging year.”
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