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Empty Bowls Warms Tummies on Winter Day


STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK


St. Luke’s Wood River COO Almita Nunnelee ladled Ketchum Grill’s Spicy Lentil Sausage soup into beautiful handcrafted bowls. And ER Dr. Deb Robertson cleared tables as the popular Empty Bowls returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

About 200 people filtered into the Church of the Big Wood Sunday afternoon, deliberating over which of the handcrafted bowls to claim as their own and then deliberating again whether to fill them with Rasberrys El Paso Green Chile or CK’s Winter Vegetable Yellow Curry soups.


“We’re glad we can do this again,” said Bart Adrian, who was there with his wife Lois. “We had to content ourselves with Campbell’s soups the last two years.”


The event benefitted the Blaine County Charitable Fund this year after supporting The Hunger Coalition since its inception. Boulder Mountain Clayworks supplied 300 bowls, which had been made by members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation and other community groups, including elementary students.


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