TAKE HOME A BOWL — Handmade ceramic bowls are lined up and ready for ticketholders to take home from the 2022 Empty Bowls event to benefit The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is inviting everyone to join the fight against hunger and homelessness by attending a fundraiser called Empty Bowls of West Volusia.

The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the cafeteria at DeLand High School cafeteria, 800 N. Hill Ave.

“Last year, the event raised over $22,000 to benefit the food programs here at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia,” the agency’s CEO Savannah-Jane Griffin said. 

Griffin said The Neighborhood Center hopes to raise more this year, because the need for help has grown this year, in the aftermath of two hurricanes, and due to the pressures of inflation.

Those who attend the family-friendly event will take home handmade ceramic bowls.

The ticket price also includes soup, bread, dessert, water or tea, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win gift baskets from local businesses. 

Patrons who donate nonperishable food items at the event for The Neighborhood Center’s emergency food pantry will receive additional raffle tickets.

Tickets for adults (age 12 and up) cost $20 or six for $100, tickets for children younger than 12 cost $10, and children under 5 will be admitted free.

Specialty soups are being donated by the following individuals and businesses: AdventHealth’s Chef Danny, BakeChop, Chicas Cuban Café, Cook’s Buffet Café Bakery, Dudley’s, Emmy’s Time Out Tavern, Half Wall, Harmony n Love Catering, Knuckle Sandwich, Santorini’s Greek Cuisine, Tony’s Pizza and DeLand Stockyard. 

Desserts are being provided by Kermit’s Key Lime Shop in DeLand, and the bread and butter will be courtesy of Texas Roadhouse and De La Vega, with drinks donated by Sonny’s BBQ and Chick-fil-A.  

Tickets and sponsorships are available online at or by calling 386-734-8120 Ext. 209. 

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door if the event doesn’t sell out. 

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia opened in DeLand in 1969 with a mission to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia. 

The agency operates a thrift shop open Monday-Saturday at 550 S. Spring Garden Ave., along with the food pantry and Prevention Services Center at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., The Bridge shelter, and an emergency shelter.


Sponsors of Empty Bowls:

  • Victoria Gardens Women’s Club
  • Mears Wealth Management Group
  • Rick and Pam Rintz
  • AdventHealth
  • The West Volusia Beacon
  • MBI Direct Mail
  • Quality Quickprint
  • Boulevard Tire
  • Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, PA
  • Down to Earth Pottery
  • Gery Walker
  • CareerSource Flagler/Volusia
  • Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Everett Ray Johnson Photography
  • Susie Macon of macon memories
  • Wild Violet Vintage
  • Adams Cameron Foundation
  • Sparton
  • Family Health Source
  • DeLand Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)
  • Michael Pleus
  • Bee Realty Corp
  • The Buttered Medusa Creations 


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