Friends:The St. James Food Pantry has been operating since 1990, giving food to our hungry neighbors every single Thursday all year-round (except for Christmas when Taos Feeds Taos is in operation). …
The St. James Food Pantry has been operating since 1990, giving food to our hungry neighbors every single Thursday all year-round (except for Christmas when Taos Feeds Taos is in operation). Currently we provide food for several meals to nearly 500 families every week. The cost of all this food is $100,000 per year.
Our one fundraiser to help raise these funds is the Empty Bowls, which has taken place the last Saturday of April for the last 12 years.
We are so grateful to the potters who make the beautiful bowls we give to participants, the restaurants that provide the soups and desserts, the donors of all the auction items (there were 250 this year) and all the volunteers who spend so many hours working to make this event a success. Yesterday's 12th annual Empty Bowls was a success for all those who attended, but unfortunately many people didn't know about it, because there was not a word in The Taos News this week except for the advertisement placed by St. James. This is truly a testament to the importance of The Taos News in our community, informing us of all the events and information that keeps us "together" as a community. And I'm glad The Taos News is often honored for its good work.
Of course, there are many things to write about and many events to cover. In the past we've been lucky to have Tempo cover stories, or extensive stories in the body of Tempo. This year we didn't, and the attendance showed. We had 90 fewer folks come to the event than came last year. And we took in $10,000 less than last year. Too bad.
We will continue to feed our hungry neighbors, and we thank the community for the support we've had for the past 12 years.
If you were unable to come to the event and would like to support this very worthwhile endeavor, you can write a check to St. James Episcopal Church and put "Empty bowls" on the memo line. You can mail it to St James at 208 Camino de Santiago, Taos, NM 87571 or bring it to the church Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (If you come on a Thursday you'll see what a huge community event the Food Pantry is. It's truly awesome).
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