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Art and heart fill Empty Bowls to benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank

Art Teachers Heather Blackmon, Katie Avra, Karla Giametta, Alison Graham-Divan, and Dan Gelardo

Annual event raises enough for more than 80,000 meals

FORT PIERCE, Florida, Feb. 14, 2019 – A little art and a lot of heart will come together again this year at the 12th Annual St. Lucie County Empty Bowls event benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank.

More than 500 ceramic bowls will be on display at the Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market on Saturday, March 16. Hand Crafted by students in public and private schools throughout St. Lucie County, the bowls are offered in specialty totes along with a serving of soup for a $20 donation that will provide meals for those struggling with hunger. This year, soup will be provided by the Fort Pierce Central High School Culinary students and Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Healthy Harvest Catering.

Although beautifully decorated, Empty Bowls symbolizes a meager meal and raises awareness and support for those struggling with hunger in the community.

The annual event is a community affair involving supporters from throughout St. Lucie County. The event includes a silent auction of bowls that have been autographed by celebrities, including comedians Ron White and Howie Mandel, singers The Righteous Brothers, big band musician Dominic Farinacci Quarter, and professional baseball players from the New York Mets, who make St. Lucie County their spring training home each year.

“This event brings together so many in our community to help us solve hunger,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “It’s always interesting to see the designs that the students create on the bowls, and people come each year to select a new bowl for their collections. We’re always thankful for the support from the Mets organization and the Sunrise Theatre celebrities who autograph bowls for the silent auction.”

Special thanks go out to sponsors Wynne Charitable Foundation and Fort Pierce Utilities Authority whose support helps underwrite the cost of art supplies and ceramic clay. Sponsorship opportunities still are available. Learn more at

The event raises enough each year for Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide more than 80,000 meals. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Farmers’ Market at 101 Melody Lane.  The silent auction ends at 11:30 a.m. Credit cards and cash will be accepted for all bowl purchases. Reserve your bowl in advance or become an Empty Bowls sponsor by visiting

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at

Photos by Mary Ann Ketcham 

Angie Francalancia
The Connection Public Relations
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