Filling those empty bowls

March 16, 2014 12:00 am  •  Roger McConnell

We hear so much about what we shouldn’t eat – too much sugar, too much fat – it’s easy to forget getting to choose what we eat is a luxury for those of us lucky enough to have plenty.

One in six Americans isn’t so lucky. That’s how many people struggle with hunger and food insecurity in this country. No community is immune, including our own.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County handed out more than 8.5 million meals from its warehouse locations in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara in 2013. The Foodbank also distributes food to over 300 social service programs and agencies, churches and community groups. Nearly half of those served are under the age of 18.

It takes a lot of people pledging their resources to make the Foodbank the beacon of hope for so many. That’s why those of us at the Stillman Capital Group feel it’s important to do what we can to support the Foodbank.

Here’s how you can help: Buy a ticket to this year’s Empty Bowls event. On Wednesday, March 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., we’ll hold the 10th Annual Lompoc Empty Bowls at the DickDeWeesCommunity Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave. It’s your opportunity to pick a unique handmade bowl that you get to take home and enjoy a simple and delicious meal of soup and bread, all for a donation of $25.

That money will go toward providing services to Lompoc-area families, individuals and children who need your help to end hunger and transform the health of our community. Tickets are available online at, or at the door. We’ll see you on the 26th.