Empty Bowls  third annual event helps to provide for the 74,800 individuals that the Food Bank serves.

Empty Bowls 2016 Ceramic Show & Sale

cropped-img_1199.jpgEmpty Bowls 2016 Ceramic Show & Sale

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) at Midwestern State University will be hosting the 2016 Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale to be held in conjunction with Empty Bowls, a fundraiser to benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, set for Tuesday, October 11 at the WFMA. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the museum. The Gallery Exhibit will be juried by Paul McCoy from Baylor University. The exhibit will provide an opportunity for ceramic artists to exhibit their work at the WFMA. We look forward to the WFMA patrons and Empty Bowls attendees experiencing the mastery of your ceramic art work.

2016 Juror: Paul McCoy, Director-Allbritton Art Institute, Ceramist-in-Residence & Professor of Art; Baylor University

Raised in Chicago’s south side, Paul McCoy began working in clay in 1964 under the direction of Daniel Edler at Scattergood Friends School, a boarding school in rural West Branch, Iowa. He taught ceramics in Chicago-area high schools for several years before moving to Texas to work in the oilfields. During this period, McCoy enrolled in evening ceramics courses at the University of Houston/Clear Lake, where he spent two years working under the supervision of Professor Nick de Vries, who McCoy credits as one of his most significant influences and mentors. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, McCoy moved to Waco in 1986 to direct the ceramics program at Baylor University.

McCoy’s creative endeavors embrace both functional and sculptural ceramics. His work has been exhibited, published, and collected at national and international levels for the past 21 years.

MFA, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)                                   BA, Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)

Calendar

Entry Form / Artist Agreement deadline (via email or postmarked by)………………… August 22, 2016

Deadline for receipt of Show Piece AND 3 bowl entry fee……………………………… September 16, 2016

Juror lecture presentation…………………………………………………………………………………. September 29, 2016 6:00 PM

Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception………………………………………………………………… September 29, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM

Exhibition open to the public………………………………………………………………………….. September 29 – October 22, 2016

Purchased Artwork pick up……………………………………………………………………………… October 25, 2016

*The WFMA is closed to the public Sundays and Mondays

Return shipping on all unsold artwork……………………………………………………………. November 1, 2016

Eligibility

All works submitted must be original and must use clay as the primary material.

The piece should be a wall piece or pedestal piece that will fit pedestal tops of 24 x 24”, 18 x 32”, or 18 x 28”.  These are the only pedestals available.  Pieces must fit comfortably on one of these pedestals OR be ready to hang on the wall.  No floor pieces or installations will be accepted.

 Entry Fee

The entry fee for the Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale is three (3) donated, functional food safe bowls that event attendees will bid on as part of a silent auction or select as their souvenir bowl.

Juror & Prizes

The Empty Bowls Ceramic Show will be juried by Paul McCoy, Director and Professor of Ceramic Art at the Baylor University. Cash prizes will total $2,750 for 5 awards, delineated as such:  1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $750, 3rd place: $500, Two Honorable Mentions:  $250.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete the Entry Form / Artist Agreement page and submit electronically or by postal mail no later than Monday, August 22, 2016. Postal mail agreements must be postmarked by the August 22nd deadline.

All show pieces must be for sale and state a retail price which includes a minimum benefit of 50% to Empty Bowls/WFAFB. This must be received by Friday, September 16, 2016. Absolutely no late entries will be accepted.

In addition to the show piece, you must include three (3) entry fee bowls no later the September 16th deadline.

By entering the Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale, the artist gives the WFMA and Empty Bowls/WFAFB permission to use images for publicity purposes for the event and exhibition.

Again, absolutely no late entries will be accepted.

 Shipping

Entry fee bowls and show pieces must be received by Friday, September 16.  Please make arrangements accordingly.

You are financially responsible for the shipping to the WFMA, return shipping, and in-transit insurance both ways for your work.  When you ship your piece for the show, you MUST also include a pre-paid UPS or FEDEX return shipping label for the return shipping of your piece.

Your work may also be hand delivered to the WFMA on or before Friday, September 16.

Work not received or delivered in-house at the WFMA by Friday, September 16 by 5:00 PM CST, will not be accepted.  Absolutely no exceptions will be made in fairness to each submitting artist.

Please put your name on your box(es).

Please do not tape bubble wrap with packing tape.

Please do not ship work with styro-foam peanuts. 

Shipping Address Show Pieces and Entry Bowls:

ATTN:  Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale

Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU

2 Eureka Circle

Wichita Falls, TX  76308

Thank you for your consideration and participation.  Your talents paired with this endeavor will enrich the lives of the community that surrounds you, providing thousands of meals for those less fortunate.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Stacy Finley

Empty Bowls Gallery Exhibit Chair

(940) 766-2322 or (940) 642-1716

artists@emptybowlswf.org  or  stacypeysen@yahoo.com

Entry Form / Artist Agreement

Thank you for your involvement with the 2016 Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale.  We are proud to have you as a partner in this event as we work together to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in our community.

As a participant in the Empty Bowls show, we need some personal information in order to properly process your piece and acknowledge your involvement at:

  • the exhibit reception on Thursday, September 29;
  • the Empty Bowls luncheon on Tuesday, October 11; and
  • via the Empty Bowls website (emptybowlswf.org).

Name:  _________________________________________________________________

Name as you wish it to appear on printed materials:

________________________________________

Address:  _________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:  _______________________________________________________________

Home/Work Phone:  _________________    Cell Phone:  _____________________

Email:  ___________________________________________________________

Website:  _________________________________________________________

Professional designations/Titles/Degrees obtained:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Year degree(s) obtained: ______________________________________________

Name of selected piece:  ______________________________________________

Wall piece     __________                   Pedestal piece  __________

Size of selected piece (actual dimensions appreciated):  _________________________

Brief description of selected piece (clay body, firing technique, etc.)

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

Retail price of selected piece:  _____________________________________________________

I wish to contribute     __________      50% of profit to Empty Bowls/WFAFB.

__________    100% of profit to Empty Bowls/WFAFB.

NOTE:  We also welcome your submission of a biography statement, not to exceed 250 words, for inclusion on the Empty Bowls website.

Please send this completed form to one of the following – NO later than Tuesday, August 22nd:

Electronically:  email  artists@emptybowlswf.org   OR   fax number:  940-766-4429

  Postal mail: Empty Bowls, 1230 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, Texas  76302

*** MUST be postmarked by August 22, 2016 ***

Empty Bowls Fact Sheet

Local

Simply put, Empty Bowls is a community-wide event to ensure that fewer people in the Wichita Falls and surrounding communities go home to an “empty bowl.”

This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 11 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.  Proceeds benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

Empty Bowls began in Wichita Falls in 2012 under the leadership of Paula Perkins and Leslie Schaffner.  Over the past three years, The Steering Committee, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Staff, Donors, Artists, Restaurants, and Volunteers have given selflessly to raise almost $234,000 to make sure fewer bowls go unfilled in our community.

 

Global

Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots movement that has raised millions of dollars towards the fight against hunger.

The basic premise of Empty Bowls is simple:  Potters and other craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls.  Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread.  In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.  The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

The expressed objectives of Empty Bowls are to:

  • Raise money to feed hungry people. Lives are in the balance.
  • Increase awareness of hunger and related issues. Through education, awareness, and action, concerned individuals can change human attitudes that allow hunger to exist.
  • Advocate for arts education. Nurturing the creative process through the arts enhances the possibility of finding new solutions to old problems.

The first Empty Bowls project began over twenty years ago as a one-time lunch event at a high school in Detroit to help raise money for a student food drive.  Art teacher, John Hartom, challenged his students to keep their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Empty Bowls is unique in that it does not have headquarters, directors, or guidelines.  Each individual event is a distinct experience, unmatched by any other, designed to channel monies raised to meet needs of the local community.  The promotion and growth of the Empty Bowls concept is managed by The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Empty Bowls projects are a great example of how so many people can give, even a little bit, and make a targeted impact in their communities.

www.emptybowls.net

 

Empty Bowls Wichita Falls Area  *  emptybowlswf.org  *  facebook.com/EmptyBowlsWF

Wichita Falls Area Food Bank  *  wfafb.org

1230 Midwestern Parkway  *  Wichita Falls, Texas  76302  *  940-766-2322

 

Wichita Falls Area Food Bank & Hunger Fact Sheet

Proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (WFAFB) in its Mission to feed the hungry within a 12-county radius in North Texas.  The WFAFB is a private, non-profit, charitable corporation which serves as a clearinghouse for the collection, storage, and distribution of surplus food through a network of almost 200 Partner Agencies involved in feeding those who are food insecure.  Founded in 1982, the WFAFB is a member of Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org) and the Feeding Texas (www.feedingtexas.org).

The WFAFB serves Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Haskell, Jack, Knox, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young counties.  In this vast service area, 1 in 6 persons of all ages awakens in the morning, unsure if he or she will eat that day.  Staggeringly, children account for 1 in 4 persons.  To help meet that startling need in 2015, the WFAFB distributed:

  • 7 million pounds of food to Partner Agencies
  • 125,000+ hot meals to children at Kids’ Café sites
  • 70,000+ PowerPak 4 Kids BackPaks to area elementary and pre-teen students
  • Over 1 million pounds of fresh fruits/vegetables to food insecure families

Through the 3.7 million pounds of food distributed by the WFAFB, an equivalent of over 3.1 million meals were provided to clients during 2015.  This figure does not include people receiving meals or snacks through senior centers, day care facilities, or after-school programs.

The WFAFB continuously explores new and unique ways to obtain more food for distribution but is grateful to a responsive community and the many individuals and organizations who keep its Mission alive.  Through your monetary support, the WFAFB can provide enough food for 100 meals with each $30 contribution.

 

Warehouse Team Member

Warehouse Staff

Please apply in person only at 1230 Midwestern Parkway Wichita Falls, Texas

Responsibilities:

  • According to established guidelines and the appropriate “pick” sheet, accurately and thoroughly fulfill inventory order requests.
  • Utilize conscientious and safe handling of all warehouse material handling equipment including pallet jacks, hand dollies and forklift in order to avoid personal injury to self, others and damage to product, equipment or facility.
  • Remain knowledgeable of current inventory and inventory levels. Performs monthly inventory count, as instructed, by physically counting and accurately recording product quantity and type, notifying manager immediately of discrepancies or problems.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work area at all times including warehouse, grounds, bins and equipment; cleans up spills immediately; keeps walk areas and exits clear; locks and secures equipment and facility as required; notifies manager of problems or needed repairs immediately.
  • Demonstrates professionalism and speaks respectfully when interacting with staff, volunteers and the general public.
  • May perform other duties as assigned such as but not limited to pest control, furniture moving, helping with deliveries, etc.

Qualifications

  • High School degree or equivalent required
  • Ability to read and write in English and at a level that is generally accepted as literate
  • Possess basic math skills including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
  • Ability to operate material handling equipment such as hand dollies, forklifts and pallet jacks
  • High level of personal integrity and honesty
  • The ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High degree of initiative, and the ability to work productively in a sometimes-chaotic environment

Core Competencies

  • Ethical
  • Active listener
  • Persuasive communication skills
  • Visionary, passionate and Inspirational
  • Trustworthy
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent follow up
  • Self directed
  • Strategic and flexible
  • Results oriented
  • Service focused
  • Collaborative and Diplomatic

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a variety of office and community settings inside and outside the WFAFB. Warehouse environment: extensive walking, standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying items weighing in excess of 70 pounds; operates material handling equipment; regularly exposed to variable weather conditions from mild to extreme heat and cold, fumes, air particles, contact with volunteers and customers; periodically works extended hours.

A major challenge of this position, as with all positions, is working in cooperation with the Board of Directors, staff, member agency representatives, volunteers and the general public in an effort to achieve the WFAFB’s mission.  This requires frequent communication with staff and occasionally performing tasks that are not specifically indicated in the job description. Evaluation will in part be based upon performance of the tasks listed in this job description. WFAFB has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.

Now Hiring: Food Liaison

 

 

POSdesk-and-suppliesITION:  Food Liaison

REPORTS TO:  Marketing and Development Director

SALARY RANGE: Based on Experience

DATE: Revised July 13, 2016

 

Summary of Position:

The Food Liaison is responsible for successful management of food sourcing as well as food drives for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Food Sourcing

  • Cultivation and development of new donors within 12 county service area by maintaining awareness of potential new and existing retail, distribution and manufacturing food and non- food related businesses
  • Coordinate with Food Bank Operations teams to manage inventory and transportation logistics
  • Manage relationships with donors such as grocery retailers and manufacturers
  • Develop innovative partnerships that address food supply chain challenges
  • Develop strategic business plans for annual and long-term procurements
  • Coordinate internal/external communication and marketing related to food resourcing
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with existing donors through periodic visits, thank you letters, recognition awards and encourage participation in food bank events whenever possible

Food Drives and Events

  • Organize all community food drive activities. Provide information for all inquiries concerning holding a community food drive.  Public contact for setting up community food drives.
  • Maintain ongoing, year round contact with list of past food drive organizers
  • Continue ongoing analysis of the food industry, utilizing industry representatives to be aware of issues or changes that may affect the quality, quantity or type of product donations to the Food Bank
  • Assist other inter-office departments with events as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a self-starter and able to accomplish tasks with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of food industry and safe food practices
  • Ability to coordinate well with other staff and team members
  • Possess a valid Texas driver’s license with a clear record
  • Able to meet deadlines in a timely fashion with attention to detail
  • Experience with the budgeting process
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills including computer skills of word processing, spreadsheets, and database management
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Problem-solving, research and analytical skills
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience with continuing education in field of development

Core Competencies

  • Ethical
  • Active listener
  • Persuasive communication skills
  • Visionary, passionate and Inspirational
  • Trustworthy
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent follow up
  • Self directed
  • Strategic and flexible
  • Results oriented
  • Service focused
  • Collaborative and Diplomatic

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a variety of office and community settings inside and outside the WFAFB. Employee will use computer and phones daily. Utilization of own vehicle and tracking of mileage. Lifting, at times, is required, but only on a minimal basis. Occasional work outside of normal working hours, such as evenings and weekends depending on events.

A major challenge of this position, as with all positions, is working in cooperation with the Board of Directors, staff, member agency representatives, volunteers and the general public in an effort to achieve the WFAFB’s mission.  This requires frequent communication with staff and occasionally performing tasks that are not specifically indicated in the job description. Evaluation will in part be based upon performance of the tasks listed in this job description. WFAFB has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.

 

Now Hiring: Food Recovery Coordinator

Wichita Falls Area Food Bank

Warehouse StaffPlease submit your application in person at 1230 Midwestern Parkway. You must bring a valid drivers license in order to apply. Please no phone calls

POSITION:                  Food Recovery Coordinator

REPORTS TO:             Warehouse Manager

SALARY RANGE:      Based on Experience

HOURS:                      Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm

DATE:                         Revised June 29, 2016

Responsibilities

  • Supervises the daily activities involved in the receipt, inspection, cleaning/sanitizing, lining boxes, labeling, recording counts of boxes, packing categorizing, weighing and movement of damaged products received from local Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (WFAFB) donors.
  • Ensures all volunteers and warehouse staff evaluation/sorting, Feeding America and Food Bank procedures as appropriate; monitors adherence to procedures, retrains, or works with Warehouse Manager to take the necessary corrective action.
  • Directs the movement of salvage into the salvage isolation room for sorting, using forklift or pallet jack unloads and moves product into racks following established operational and safety procedures.
  • Reviews bill of lading or…

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Kids Cafe is a challenging undertaking

IMG_1034Betsi Moore Lujan, Interim CEO/Marketing & Development Director

When people think of food banks or a pantry where you can receive food, they generally consider holidays as a time that people need food most.  While the holidays are indeed a challenging time for those in need, we have found over the years, that summer is just as challenging for those in need.  Once summer hits, there are a multitude of issues that arise.  With the heat, the utility bills go up, with the children out of school, grocery bills rise.  Children that receive free lunch and breakfast through the school system, are now hitting the summertime without those two extra meals they receive everyday.  Having enough nutritious food is critical to a child’s physical and emotional development and their ability to achieve academically. Data shows that 54% of students in our area are from economically disadvantaged families and that 95% of the children in our area schools qualify for free or reduced lunch.  This is where programs like Kids Cafe come into play for those children.

Since the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank started the Kids Cafe program in 2005, we have focused on alleviating child hunger by providing low-income children with free and nutritious meals and snacks during afterschool hours and in the summertime. Kids Cafes are operated at a safe place, under the supervision of trustworthy staff, and at locations where children have opportunities for participating in educational, recreational, and social activities. Local partners include Boys and Girls Club locations, Southside Youth Senter, Mill Street Children’s Program, Youth Opportunity Center, and our new summer pilot site, Wichita Falls Public Library (snacks only).  These community partnerships are so important in providing these meals to kids in the summer.  The site locations increase during the school year, as does child participation.

We have found that communication is critical to maintaining programs such as Kids Cafe.  Spreading the word and making sure children know they can simply walk in to any of these locations and get a free meal seems to be a larger task and seems to be a bit of a mountain we need to climb.  Whether it is transportation, accessibility or lack of locations, we are aware that we need to reach out more.

One main source of funding for programs serving meals and/or snacks to youth ages 18 and under is the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It is administered through the State and then to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, which makes us responsible for fiscal and regulatory compliance within program regulations.  In addition to CACFP, our summer Kids Cafe program that operates in the summer is partially reimbursed through Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal reimbursement.

This program is not an easy undertaking – but it gets accomplished through our Child Hunger Director, Jim McMahan; our Kids Cafe Manager, Ben Diekhoff; and our Child Hunger Driver, Ken Burge.  Meals are prepared Monday-Friday through a local partnership with The Kitchen (a non-profit as well) who is reimbursed by the Food Bank for all the meals purchased.

Calculating and watching trends in the number of children served for Kids Cafe has become a bit of a science (and challenge) for Ben, who has reduced waste in the program to less than 1.25%! Once the meals are picked up, they must be delivered in a Cambro box (an insulated and heated carrier) to all of the locations, within an allotted time period, to ensure food safety.

Over the past three years, we have provided a staggering number of a minimum of 123,000 meals each year, with numbers climbing as high as 132,652 one year.  It is hard sometimes to look around and try to understand that 1 in 4 children are food insecure in our 12 county area.  This is staggering in a country that has more than enough to provide to all that live here.  Trying to process this at times becomes overwhelming and it feels as if we will never be able to tackle the beast called hunger.  This being said, we tackle it one day at a time, one meal at a time, one child at a time.  We have accepted the challenge and will gladly be #hungergladiators for those children in need.

About the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank

The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank services a 12-county area in North Texas and annually distributes nearly 3.7 million pounds of food through over 200 partner agencies and programs. More information on the Food Bank is available at wfafb.org – Facebook, facebook.com/WFAFB and twitter.com/WFAFB

 

Summer Food Program through the Food Bank Feeds Kids For Free

Kids Cafe a program of Feeding America orange green jpg logoWICHITA FALLS, TX – Each summer, children wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. However, for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.  The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.  Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Any child under age 18 may come and eat.

Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Starting May 31

Central Boys & Girls Club       1318 Sixth St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301            11:00am – 1:00pm
Northeast Boys & Girls Club   119 E Wichita St, Wichita Falls, TX 76306     12:30pm – 1:30pm
Northwest Boys & Girls Club  1402 N Beverly Dr, Wichita Falls, TX 76306 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Rosewood Boys & Girls Club 501 N Rosewood Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301  3:30pm– 4:30pm
Southeast Boys & Girls Club  3301 Armory Rd, Wichita Falls, TX 76302 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Southwest Boys & Girls Club   4313 Hughes Dr, Wichita Falls, TX 76308   3:00pm – 4:30pm
Clay County Senior Center   216 N Hancock, Henrietta, TX 76365    12:00pm – 1:00pm
Green Briar Village    901 Airport Dr, Wichita Falls, TX 76305   12:00pm – 1:30pm
Mill Street Children Program   1305 N. Mill St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301   3:00pm – 4:30pm
Southside Youth Senter  1205 Montgomery St, Wichita Falls, TX 76302     4:15pm – 5:00pm
Youth Opportunity Center   401 Madison, Wichita Falls, TX 76306  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Starting June 6
Burkburnett Boys & Girls Club 800 County Rd, Burkburnett, TX 7635411:00am– 12:30pm
Serving Snacks (only) starting June 6
WF Public Library  600 11th St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Monday & Thursday        2:00pm – 3:00pm
Tuesday        11:00am –11:30am

About the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank
The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank services a 12-county area in North Texas and annually distributes nearly 3.7 million pounds of food through over 200 partner agencies and programs. More information on the Food Bank is available at wfafb.org – Facebook, facebook.com/WFAFB and twitter.com/WFAFB

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