For more than 30 years, FISH of Howard County, Inc. has provided food, financial assistance, referral information and more to county residents with legitimate emergency needs. On Oct. 6, Columbia Art Center partnered with FISH to host “Empty Bowls” — a fundraiser aimed at helping county families fight hunger.
This year’s event is a response to FISH’s more than 2,250 requests over the last 12 months. The agency provides 29,000 nutritionally balanced meals; more than $40,000 in assistance for evictions, utility turnoffs or other crisis needs; and nearly $39,000 for prescription assistance.
More than 300 handmade bowls were made by Art Center students and faculty are were given away to those who paid $20 to attend the fundraiser. At the event, donors enjoyed live music, a studio demonstration, silent art auction, light fare and could take home a bowl of their choosing.
At last count, Empty Bowls raised $ 4,400. You may contact FISH at 410-964-8660 if you missed the event but are still interested in helping out.