Fort Bend Empty Bowls to Honor School District’s Contribution


Grayle James, Charles Dupre, Jackie Martinez, Tim Nyberg, Pamela Shaw, Vickie Coates, Kip Johnson, Linda Day and Ashley Aborisade.

Grayle James, Charles Dupre, Jackie Martinez, Tim Nyberg, Pamela Shaw, Vickie Coates, Kip Johnson, Linda Day and Ashley Aborisade.

The 6th Annual Fort Bend Empty Bowls will honor Fort Bend Independent School District for their enormous contribution to East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry’s programs for 25 years. The event is set for Friday, April 17th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Safari Texas Ranch. Fort Bend Empty Bowls is the single largest fundraising event benefiting East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

Guests of the event are served a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder of families in Fort Bend County who don’t have enough food to eat. Tickets for Fort Bend Empty Bowls are only $40 per person and may be purchased at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry or at humanneeds.org.

Vickie Coates, executive director at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, approached district board leaders after reflection of the ongoing partnerships with schools  and educators in the district. Schools like Lakeview Elementary and Dulles High School hold annual food drives for the pantry. Additionally, Rebecca Root at Ridge Point High School volunteers to fire the bowls for Empty Bowls each year. “Students, organizations, faculty and staff have given so much in donations and volunteer time,” said Coates. “There’s no way to count how many tons of food we’ve been given.”

Honorary Steering Committee members include Charles Dupre, Ed.D., Fort Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools, and Grayle James, School Board President. They have met with staff of the ministry, along with staff members of both organizations. The meeting also included Tim Nyberg, manager of Whole Foods Sugar Land, who sponsors the event each year. The aim is to discuss long-term, positive change that could come about from the partnership.

Fort Bend Empty Bowls will feature hand-painted soup bowls donated by local professional and amateur artists, which will be available for purchase. There will also be silent and live auctions. Commissioner James Patterson will serve as the event auctioneer.

For more information about Fort Bend Empty Bowls, contact Ashley Aborisade at Ashley@HumanNeeds.org, visit www. humanneeds.org/empty-bowls-2015.html or call 281-261-1006.