Fill a bowl and fulfill a need

WOODLAND — Area residents can support next month’s Empty Bowl Project while also enjoying an evening of entertainment and art while helping area families in need.

Attendees to the Thu., Dec. 1 fundraiser at Woodland High School also will receive a meal of soup and bread and a hand thrown ceramic bowl.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both awareness and money in the fight to end hunger. It uses the act of creating bowls as both a symbolic visual of people in need and as a means to help fund local services.

Woodland Action and Woodland High School Art Club have partnered on the project here, supported by a grant from Arts of Clark County. Woodland Action is striving to use art to open the conversation about economic struggle and the effect it has on the community. High school students are making ceramic bowls that will be given to attendees at the December fundraiser. Local area artists also will be at the event showcasing their work. There will be a silent auction of one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces from both professional and student artists. Proceeds will benefit Woodland Action.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. event are limited and cost $20 each. To purchase, go to

Woodland Action Center is both a food bank and community service center that was established more than 16 years ago which serves a population of 32,000.  Its core program is distribution of food, personal hygiene, household items, and emergency supplies to low-income individuals and families. Woodland Action incorporates food bank best practices by offering nontraditional hours and a personal shopping experience intended to empower client choice and reduce waste.

Through a partnership with Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, the center has also been able to offer emergency housing assistance.  This past year Woodland Action has been focused on bringing capacity building resources and educational opportunities to clients and volunteers. Its nonprofit thrift store was established in 2014 to support operational costs of the food bank and provide job skills training with the partnership of Goodwill and WorkSource.

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