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Empty Bowls Festival Raises Funds and Awareness

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Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association’s fourth annual Empty Bowls Festival was another success raising $22,695 – a few thousand dollars shy of their $25,000 goal. Held on August 11, 2019 at the Jubilee Plaza the event was presented by John Wilson’s Hedco Group.

According to the Food Bank, over 700 people were in attendance who bought bowls and had the opportunity to sample a variety of food from six local eateries.

“This is the first year we did advanced tickets online; and sold about 281 tickets. It was great to see so many people come by,” enthused Anna Noble, Communications & Development Manager for the Food Bank.

All funds raised go back to the group’s programming: hamper distribution, educational programs and general operations.

“We got a lot of positive feedback. We’ve had better weather, which is why we moved it from September to August. People enjoyed family activities like rock and face painting, and balloon animals. This was one of the feedback from previous years to have more family-oriented activities. Thanks to our community for the support. This was the second year Colour Me Mine was involved, and that helped us a lot,” Noble said.

“Established in 1983, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association features programs and services that provide the resources and education necessary to ensure food security for all citizens in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.”


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.