Parishioners at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church held an empty bowl dinner, where hundreds were served soup for dinner and hand-made clay bowls and mugs were sold as a way to raise money to feed the hungry. In all, some 300 parishioners and members of the community attended, helping raise $10,000 for food programs run by St. Stephen’s Church and Family Promise of Northern New Castle County.
There were three seatings for dinner, and dozens of volunteers helped serve. First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney attended the 5:30 seating and offered welcoming remarks to guests. Several area restaurants donated soup, bread and desserts for the feast, including Appleton Catering, Brew Ha Ha!, Mrs. Robinos, Serpe’s Bakery and several others.
An uplifting spirit of common spirit buoyed the diners. “It fills my heart with joy to see Americans at their finest – coming together to support the needy and our food ministry,” said Carol Landry, a member of St. Stephen’s Church.
“I had a wonderful time interacting with my neighbors,” said Lois Meisler. “What a way to spend a terrific evening.”
Event chair Sonia Brode was moved by the overwhelming response to this year’s fundraiser, which helps the Church satisfy their mission to serve some of the poorest in our community. “I never dreamed that in 2017 we would have corporate sponsors, 20 different soups, over 50 volunteers, let alone beautiful pottery bowls that everyone can take home to signify hunger.”