Helping fund our mission

The work that the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center does depends on fundraising—through donations, grants and its two annual events.   Those events—the Empty Bowl Project and Painting with a Twist Parties have been extremely well attended and much acclaimed; their success is absolutely essential to the Food Pantry to fulfill its mission and to buffer the uncertainty of grant funding.

The Empty Bowl Project

Save the date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The Food Pantry’s Empty Bowl Project—the 2018 event will be the Pantry’s 14th consecutive—is part of a national initiative to rally support for an ongoing “war on poverty”.  Communities throughout the U.S. have adopted the theme as a springboard to educating the public about poverty and to funding local efforts to identify and meet head-on the causes of poverty and to alleviate the food uncertainty of those living in poverty or on the precarious edge of poverty in their communities.

Bastrop’s event showcases the talents of Bastrop County’s leading restaurants and caterers, each competing for “bragging rights” on their soups, chilies and stews.   Attendees each select a pottery bowl artfully decorated by Bastrop ISD students, sample widely the offerings, listen to great local music, shop the silent auction of wonderful original creations donated by area artists and generally have a most delicious time of it.

The event is held on the last Saturday in February, at the Bastrop High School cafeteria, and typically draws more than 600 “very satisfied” attendees.   All proceeds, including sponsorship donations, go to the support of the Pantry’s services.

ebp Photo by Terry Hagerty

Painting with a Twist

It’s a great way to summon forth your inner artist AND to help the Food Pantry realize its goals: the annual “Painting With A Twist” parties leading up to the Pantry’s Empty Bowl event. While the Empty Bowl event showcases the talents of local chefs, “Painting With A Twist” provides a blank canvas for painters of all ages to try their hand and AND to show their stuff. Classes are usually held in January and February and are very well attended. Lessons are taught by a local ceramics artist and focus on use of color and painting/glazing techniques. All work will be fired thereafter and will add to the decorated bowls distributed to attendees at the end-of-February Empty Bowl event. “Twist” students, however, my claim their work—for the price of an Empty Bowl ticket.

Amplify Austin

The Food Pantry is proud to be a part of Amplify Austin’s annual “donation-a-thon”, held concurrently in Austin and in other locations to benefit the more than 600 area nonprofits in the seven counties comprising Central Texas.

Held on the first Thursday/Friday in March, the 2017 party for Bastrop County donors was hosted by Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard in downtown Bastrop.

During this year’s 24-hour fundraising effort, donations to the Food Pantry were matched dollar-for-dollar by the St. David’s Foundation. In addition to this matching program, the Foundation has been a major backer of Food Pantry’s Brown Bag senior nutrition program.

Begun in 2013, Amplify Austin is produced by the “I Live Here, I Give Here” nonprofit foundation, centered in Austin, and has generated more than $25 million for eligible Central Texas nonprofits.   For more information, please visit Contributions earmarked for the Food Pantry or for other participating nonprofits may be made throughout the year via that website.