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Help the hungry this Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This Valentine’s Day, make a date with the Georgia Museum of Art to help benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. On February 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors who donate $7 will paint ceramic bowls that will be used at the charity’s 20th annual Empty Bowl Luncheon. All materials will be provided.

The Empty Bowl Luncheon will take place on March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Tickets are $30 for an individual and $400 for a reserved table of ten. Guests will receive a meal of soup and a sandwich as well as one of the hand-painted bowls made by volunteers. They can also participate in a silent auction for various prizes. Every dollar raised provides six meals for needy children, seniors, families and the working poor.

Participants can pay in advance at or in person at the museum with cash, check or credit card.

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia works to feed the ill, needy, seniors and children in northeast Georgia. Its goal is to end hunger as a part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty. Founded in 1992, the Food Bank has distributed more than 12 million pounds of food. It recovers donated and salvaged surplus food and distributes it to human-service agencies that then distribute the food to residents in need.

In 2016, the Food Bank earned a “High Achievement” ranking from the American Institute of Baking (AIB) Food Safety Audit, the most stringent food-safety standards in the food industry. The AIB ranking places the food bank within the top 5 to 10 percent of food safety in the U.S. and in the top 10 percent of the food industry.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton Street, Athens, Ga., 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see or call 706-542-4662.


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