CROSS to host 11th Annual Empty Bowls Fund-Raiser

Community event features hand-crafted bowls for sale, food items

CROSS announces the 11th annual Empty Bowls for CROSS event will be Thursday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. The event raises funds to fight hunger for local families and seniors.

Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. The evening includes entertainment, samples of food shared by local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase a handmade bowls made by local artists.

Despite strong economic signals, hunger is still a growing problem in the northwest suburbs. In 2015, there were nearly 7,000 family visits to the CROSS food shelf. In the first two months of 2016, there were over 2,400 food visits. That is a 42 percent jump over the first two months of 2015.

“With strong grassroots support, no one needs to go hungry. A collective effort is the only way we are going to end hunger in our community. We can help even more families in March because we have access to matching funds through Minnesota Food Share,” said Elizabeth Johnson, CROSS executive director.

Event sponsors include: Great River Energy, 21st Century Bank and Thrivent Financial.

Participating restaurants at the Empty Bowls events are: The Lookout, Z’s Smokin Bonez, Costco, Chick-fil-A, Daily Dose, The Cookie Cups, Dehn’s Country Manor and Great Harvest Breads.

Entertainment will be provided by Barbara English, Family Three and Matt Polum.

Additional sponsors for the event are: Maple Grove Dental Center, Blue Ridge Dental, Maple Grove Hospital, Bob & Carl’s Auto Body, Auction Master, Topline Credit Union and Camille Albane. In-kind sponsors include: Maple Grove Community Center; Community Ed – Jeanette Barreiro, Instructor; and Ruthan Gagner, Potter.

CROSS Services provides food and housing services to families and seniors living in poverty in Rogers, Maple Grove, Osseo, Champlin (West), Corcoran, and Dayton. Click to donate – For more information visit or call 763-425-1050. Find more on Twitter and Facebook.