By Bobby Pepper/Lee County Neighbors
TUPELO – The soup will be served a week later than usual, but the purpose of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Empty Bowls Luncheon hasn’t changed.
This year’s Empty Bowls Luncheon is set for Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Tupelo Furniture Market Building V. The luncheon raises money for The Salvation Army’s food program.
A scheduling conflict at the Furniture Market building forced the change from the luncheon’s traditional Ash Wednesday date.
“(Feb. 29) was the only Wednesday available in February that the Furniture Market could let us have the building,” said Karla Joblin, president of Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary. “They had other things going on.”
Joblin doesn’t think the change will affect attendance. She said the luncheon averages between 2,000 and 3,000 patrons.
“A lot of people attend Ash Wednesday services at 12 o’clock, so now they might be able to come now to the luncheon,” she said.
The Women’s Auxiliary donated $50,000 from last year’s luncheon to help the Army feed the hungry and needy.
For a $15 luncheon ticket, each person will receive a bowl of soup provided by area restaurants, churches and organizations, a piece of bread and a bottle of water. They’ll also receive a handmade ceramic bowl as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty.
The luncheon also features a popular bake sale with cakes, pies, cookies, complete meals and sugar-free and nonperishable food items. Bake sale items can be brought to the Furniture Market on Feb. 28, or the day of the luncheon.
Also on tap are two new fundraising events: a fashion show starring volunteers who will wear outfits that will be auctioned off and a kitchen boutique with bake sale items and slump bottles – glass bottles molded into trays, dishes or utensil rests.
What – Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Empty Bowls Luncheon
When – Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bake sale starts at 10 a.m. Soup line opens at 11 a.m.
Where – Tupelo Furniture Market, Building V, 1879 North Coley Road
Tickets – $15
Take out/curbside pick up pre-orders – Call
(662) 213-7596 or (662) 844-2006.
For tickets and other information, call (662)