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11th annual Empty Bowl Luncheon to be held Sept. 24
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Georgia Mountain Food Bank Executive Director Kay Blackstock visits the office of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, with bowls for the staff to paint for the upcoming Empty Bowl Luncheon. - photo by Scott Rogers, DCN Regional Staff

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank is hosting its signature fundraiser at the end of the month in order to continue fighting hunger in the north Georgia region.

The 11th annual Empty Bowl luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24. This year, the luncheon will be held in the Ramsey Conference Center at the new Lanier Technical College facility in Gainesville.

Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) currently serves five counties in north Georgia – Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, Forsyth and Union – and partners with more than 70 non-profit feeding partners to help feed the community.

The annual Empty Bowl luncheon generates proceeds that help connect food to Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s feeing partners and the families they serve throughout the year.

The 2018 Empty Bowl luncheon raised enough funds for the organization to prove more than 685,000 meals to the north Georgia community.

As part of the annual luncheon’s tradition, each guest will walk away with a hand-painted bowl as a souvenir and a reminder of GMFB’s mission to eliminate empty bowls and empty stomachs in the community. The unique bowls are made and donated by the community.

This year’s luncheon also features a live auction that includes hand-painted bowls by celebrities like Blackberry Smoke, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins.

Performance Food Service will provide soups, salads and desserts.

The live auction as well as a volunteer recognition program will begin at 11:45 a.m.

Individual tickets are a $30 donation which includes lunch and a souvenir bowl. The $30 donation will provide more than 150 meals to those in need in north Georgia.

For more information about the event, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, email Business Manager Rebecca Digieso at, call (770) 534-4111 or visit