Empty Bowls, the annual fundraiser for Stepping Stones of Dunn County, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Menomonie High School Commons (1715 Fifth St. West).

Local chefs will provide a variety of savory soups — such as tomato basil, potato ham, split pea, and fusilli vegetable — accompanied by delicious bread from area bakers will make for a tasty and nourishing lunch. Desserts and beverages round out the community meal.

Hundreds of beautiful bowls are being created for the event. Menomonie High School students under the direction of art teacher, Grant Ruegnitz along with members of the Chippewa Valley Wood Turners Guild, area ceramic artists, and local Brownie Troops are among those who will donate their unique, one-of-a-kind bowls.

A fun, family-friendly day, Empty Bowls has something for everyone. Live music throughout the day by local musicians, entertaining children’s activities, a silent auction, a bake sale, and more.

Empty Bowls supports Stepping Stones’ mission to foster a community that prevents hunger, homelessness, and isolation in Dunn County through the Food Pantry, Stepping Stones Shelters, and the Community Connections program. According to “The Food Pantry is currently averaging over 60 visits per day, 6 days a week,” says Kris Pawla]owski, assistant director and food pantry coordinator. “That’s a lot of bowls to fill! We hope for a great turn out at the event.”

For information on Empty Bowls, to donate silent auction items, or bake sale goods, contact Stepping Stones at 715-235-2920 or email foodpantry@steppingstonesdc.org.


Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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I wish something like this would happen here so my friends from assignment writers australia and I could go together have a great time. Those bowls look great.

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