Empty Bowls Gala on Nov. 15 to Raise Funds for Local Hunger Relief

Those affected by hunger are facing empty bowls every day. You can show solidarity with the hungry and raise the funds needed to alleviate hunger, by attending the Empty Bowls Gala to support Agape Food Bank, the leading hunger relief agency in Lakeland for over 30 years.

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 “Champion Against Hunger” Award Recipient to be Honored 

Those affected by hunger are facing empty bowls every day. You can show solidarity with the hungry and raise the funds needed to alleviate hunger, by attending the Empty Bowls Gala to support Agape Food Bank, the leading hunger relief agency in Lakeland for over 30 years.

The event features a live and silent auction of over 70 ceramic bowls and other works that have been hand painted and signed by local and regional artists, community leaders and national celebrities.

More than just works of art, these “empty bowls” serve as a reminder of the more than 100,000 children, seniors and family members in Polk County who struggle to put food on the table every day.

At the event, Alice O’Reilly, President and Executive Director of Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE), will receive the “Champion Against Hunger” award for her outstanding efforts to alleviate hunger among the elderly.

This award was established by Catholic Charities of Central Florida to recognize individuals who have made a direct impact on hunger relief services in the state of Florida.

“Alice is such a powerful advocate and expert on the needs of the elderly in our community, driven to ensure that seniors never go hungry,” said Kim Long, Director of Agape Food Bank. “We are pleased to present this award to Alice for her dedication to helping those in need.”

Empty Bowls Gala will take place on November 15, 2014 at Polk State College in Lakeland. For event and registration information, visit: http://www.cflcc.org/emptybowls

The Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is a food distribution warehouse in Lakeland, Florida serving nearly two hundred non-profit partner agencies in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. It is part of the national Feeding America Food Bank network and is the only designated USDA approved provider serving the tri-county region. Their vision is that 100% of the hungry population in the community has access to an adequate supply of nutritious food. Their mission is to lead the fight to end hunger in the community by providing nutritious food and transforming lives through innovative programming, education, and hunger advocacy. Catholic Charities of Central Florida is the largest non-profit social service organization in Central Florida. Their mission is to provide vital social services for people in need regardless of their religious, social, or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.