GOSHEN — Attendance was down at the annual Empty Bowl Project in Goshen Saturday, but hundreds still attended, donating thousands to the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.
According to Jess Koscher, a member of the Goshen Clay Artist’s Guild, which organizes the event, 670 people attended, giving $10,600. After covering a few expenses, the bulk of that money will go to the hospitality network, an organization that works with local churches to house homeless families.
“The philanthropic nature in this community is just amazing,” Koscher said.
The Goshen Farmer’s Market donated the space for the event, while local potters donated hundreds of handmade bowls. At the event, attendees could each chose a bowl that they could take home to keep, but first had filled with soup provided by local restaurants. Others provided bread and other parts of the meal. Musicians also donated their time and talents at the event, Koscher said.
“People wait for an hour-and-a-half in the cold to be a part of this event,” she said, referring to the way the line of waiting people often winds outside the Farmer’s Market building and down the sidewalk. “We’re always blown away at how many people come and how they wait.”
Members of the Goshen Clay Artists Guild and other local potters produced 910 bowls for the event. Koscher said those leftover from this year’s event will be kept for next year’s.