Bowls of Hope Online Auction

Bowls of Hope History

Bowls of Hope is Feed Fannin’s major annual fundraising event.  The first Bowls of Hope was held in 2013 and raised funds to purchase gift cards for clients of the local food pantry for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  

Since that first fundraiser in 2013, Bowls of Hope has grown into a much larger event drawing hundreds of participants.  Local restaurants provide their signature soups, breads and desserts to taste, and local potters contribute hundreds of beautiful handmade bowls for guests to choose from and take home.  Besides the delicious soups and colorful bowls, there is music, an auction and a raffle to add to the fun!

Through the energy and hard work of our all-volunteer organization and the incredible generosity of our financial supporters, businesses, restaurants and local potters, we have continued the tradition and come together to enjoy an event and raise funds to help feed people in our community who need help.

During the pandemic, Feed Fannin moved the event’s silent auction to an online auction which has reached many additional supporters both local and outside the area.  The online auction has been so successful that it is being continued for a third year to help Feed Fannin raise funds to grow and purchase food to provide to families, children and seniors in need of assistance.

With the end of the pandemic in sight and when a new venue is secured, Feed Fannin plans to return to its annual in-person fundraising event in 2023.

A Simple Equation

With the funds raised at Bowls of Hope and from donations throughout the year, Feed Fannin can:

  • Grow fresh, nutritious vegetables in our one-acre garden on Ada Street for donation to the Food Pantry and to our community partner organizations
  • Annually purchase thousands of pounds of canned, dry and frozen foods, vegetables and a variety of food items from the Atlanta and Chattanooga Food Banks to supply the Food Pantry at Family Connection and to share with our community partner organizations
  • Purchase specialty items to provide supplemental food boxes for distribution to seniors through our partnership with Meals on Wheels
  • Procure fresh, nutritious produce year-round through our “Farm to Pantry” program in collaboration with local produce suppliers to provide to clients of the Food Pantry and to share with our community partner organizations
  • Procure holiday hams and turkeys to help make the Thanksgiving and Christmas season more joyful for many in need of food assistance
  • Increase important proteins in the diet by purchasing eggs and milk year-round from local suppliers for clients of the Food Pantry and community partner organizations
  • Stock the Food Closet to help students at the University of North Georgia campus in Blue Ridge
  • Support youth education through our school garden programs, scholarships and collaboration with Future Farmers of America, Fannin County Young Farmers Association, and 4-H Youth Development through the University of Georgia Extension.