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Thank you Bitterroot Valley for supporting the Empty Bowls Project!

The members of Clay Works! In the Bitterroot Cooperative would like to thank the Bitterroot Valley community for supporting the Empty Bowls Project luncheon held on Saturday Nov. 16. We had a very successful fundraiser which raised money for Haven House, Stevensville Pantry Partners, Darby Bread Box and the Community Meals program.

Empty Bowls is an international organization that was founded in 1990 to fight hunger and food insecurity. Each event is developed independently at the community level so that the proceeds stay in the local community. ClayWorks! with the help of Bitter Root RC&D, Inc. have sponsored the project for the past three years with the help of local restaurants and providers who donate soup, bread and assistance to help make the event successful.

Clay Works! Cooperative and numerous potters in the valley donated bowls for the event. There were over 300 bowls from 14 different potters to choose from.

We would specifically like to thank the following: St. Francis Catholic Church for allowing us to use their Pastoral Life Center, The Knights of Columbus for assisting in the kitchen, and Chapter One Book Store for selling tickets for us. We would also like to thank the Miller Colony of Choteau for donating 480 butter rolls, and Alpenstuble Inc. — The Bretzel Factory for their delicious bretzels.

We would also like to thank the following restaurants for providing the delightful soups that made this year’s event possible: Bitterroot Brewery, BJ’s, Bouilla, Coffee Cup, Cherry Street Café, Mission Bistro, O’Hara Commons & Sustainability Center, River Rising, Spice of Life, The Edge, The Stock Farm, Taste of Paris and Trapper Creek Job Corps.

— Robin Ireland, Hamilton