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COOPERSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS DONATE their time and talents to decorate bowls for the fifth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to be held March 5 at the Vet’s Club. These students and other potters in the community will prepare 300 bowls to be given out to guests. All proceeds from the soup and bread lunch benefit the Cooperstown Food Bank.

 Planning is under way for the fifth annual Empty Bowls luncheon to be held on Saturday, March 5, from noon to 2 p.m.

This year the luncheon will be held at the Vet’s Club on Main Street in Cooperstown. All proceeds are donated to the Cooperstown Food Pantry that serves more than120 families each month.

Local potters from the community and the pottery program at the Smithy Pioneer Gallery, as well as teachers, staff and students at the Cooperstown, Milford and Canajoharie schools, prepare 300 hand made soup bowls for the luncheon.

Guests make a $15 donation, pick out a bowl and are served a simple soup and bread meal. They keep the bowl to remind them of hunger in Otsego County presenters said in a media release.

Soup, bread and all other items are donated by local restaurants, businesses and individuals.

Corporate sponsors of the event are The Gordon B. Roberts Agency and New York Central Mutual Insurance Agency.

“This community event raised over $6,000 for the food pantry last year and over $17,000 in the four years since its inception. We look forward to making this year’s event the best ever,” said Donna Bailey-Mackie, one of the event organizers, in a media release.

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