Most of us know someone affected by the downturn of our economy. Some have lost jobs, some have lost homes, and some can’t feed their families.

Thankfully some are coming together to help their neighbors.

One such project is the Empty Bowls Project. At a recent AAWAPF forum it was brought to our attention that Ypsilanti New Tech High School at Ardis is putting on an Empty Bowls event to raise money for Food Gatherers. It was also brought to our attention that the soup served to children and their families at this event could easily be the very foods that we take care to avoid feeding our own families every day.

Fortunately, we have been given the opportunity to help. We would like to pull together as a local community to not only nourish children and their families with a nutrient-dense soup for this event, but also to introduce people to traditional foods possibly for the first time.

We are looking for donations of food to make a 20 quart pot of soup including bone broth, grass-fed hamburger, and plenty of good vegetables. We are also looking for those who might spare some time to help pull together in the spirit of “stone soup” to lovingly prepare the meal.

We would like to coordinate ingredients and effort so that we can be sure that every need is met and therefore every mouth is fed.

We need the following:

(O=ingredient is needed; X=ingredient has been supplied)

  • 10 quarts bone broth (frozen is great; beef, chicken, or turkey stock) X X X X X X O O O O
  • 5# grass-fed hamburger (size donation: 1 pound pkg) X X X X X

Chopped vegetables:

  • 8 cups chopped onions X
  • 3 heads garlic, roasted and mashed X
  • 2 x 3 cups (total 6 cups) carrots, chopped X X
  • 2 x 3 cups (total 6 cups) celery, chopped X X
  • 6 cups green beans X
  • 12 oz green peas, frozen X
  • 2 x 3 cups zucchini, in circle quarters X O
  • 2 heads cabbage, sliced thinly X X
  • 6 cups whole tomatoes X

We will need all ingredients by Sunday, April 24 in order to prepare the soup on time. Please contact Jessica at or (810) 225-2789 if you are able to help and let us know what you will be able to provide.

And remember that even a quart of broth or a pound of vegetables is more than helpful if, as a community, we can all give a little.

Thank you.

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