Community supports Empty Bowls fundraiser for CROSS

A growing number of area businesses and organizations continue to support CROSS’ annual Empty Bowls event that raises fund to confront hunger issues in the community. Food vendors and sponsors provide almost all that is needed to assure a successful event.crossemptybowls
One of those food vendors is the Lookout Bar and Restaurant in Maple Grove, a supporter since the event started 12 years ago. “We support CROSS’s Empty Bowls event because it is a good cause,” said Mike from the Lookout. “We also love to give back to the community. I believe if every business gave a little back to the community, we would all live in a better place.”
Other food vendors for the March 9 event, 4 to 9 p.m. at Maple Grove Community Center, are Chick-fil-A, Costco, Daily Dose, Dehn’s Country Manor, Granite City,  Nothing Bundt Cakes, Silvercreek on Main, The Cookie Cups, and Z’s Smokin’ Bonez. Many are returning vendors.
A new supporter this year is the Kopp Family Foundation, which is offering a $1 for $1 match up to $10,000 for the money raised. In addition, Minnesota Foodshare provides a percentage match for food and funds contributed to CROSS at this event and through the entire month of March.
The list of sponsors is also growing. They include 21st Century Bank, Bob & Carl’s Auto Body, Camille Albane of Maple Grove, Crosswinds United Methodist Church, Dehmer’s Meat Market,  Eyewest Vision Clinic and Optical, Gleason Printing, Great River Energy, LCI–Lawinger Consulting, LLC, Maple Grove Dental Center, Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church (MGEFC), MapleRidge Church, Pamela and Ron Hanson who are members of MGEFC, TJK Plumbing, Inc., and Voyageur Real Estate Group LLC.
In-kind sponsors include Maple Grove Community Center and Shop Maple Grove. Ceramic artists Joe Doherty, Charles Deckas, Ruthan Gagner, students at Heritage Christian Academy and Osseo High School, and Jeanette Barriero, created and contributed bowls to be sold at the event, along with bowls made by the community. Entertainment is being provided by both Barbara English and The Family Three and potter Beth Willoughby will have a pottery making demonstration.
“All of our supporters recognize the need to raise awareness about hunger issues, right here in our communities,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director of CROSS. “This particular event is fun for the family and educates everyone about this growing concern that there are people in need every day.”
Admission to Empty Bowls is $10 per person or $25 for a family. Tickets will be available at the door. Thanks to the generosity of the communities that CROSS serves, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to support the CROSS programs serving those in need.
CROSS serves Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo and Rogers. It has been providing services for local families and individuals for 40 years. In addition to a food shelf, CROSS provides housing assistance; clothing; support for children’s school, birthday and holiday needs; Meals on Wheels, and more.
For information about CROSS, including donating and volunteering, go to or call 763-425-1050. All donations are tax-deductible.