Grassroots Reform

While the nation’s lawmakers continue in their highly partisan debates over much needed reforms such as healthcare, brave-hearts down here on the grassroots of America are quietly going about their efforts to care for those suffering the most in the economic downturn. Did you know that Paint Lick has its own Food Bank? Do you know where to send folks who are needing help with this necessity of life? Joe Brown who serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Paint Lick as Treasurer, also works with the ANGEL FOOD BANK ministry in Paint Lick. Joe partcipates in several regional events such as

Bera College Bowls Event-Photographs courtesy of CELTS
Bera College Bowls Event-Photographs courtesy of CELTS

 “Empty Bowls” project that enjoys contributions from the larger Madison County area as well as those welcome donations from the Paint Lick area.

Empty Bowl Event at Berea College-
Students, faculty, and staff from a multitude of campus departments gathered to enjoy a variety of soups made by Berea students, as well as three inspiring musical performances. With a donation of ten dollars, students selected their own locally crafted ceramic bowl and dined from an assortment of homemade soups. Most of the bowls were crafted by students in the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program at the college.

Musical performers included Breon Thomas, Sam Rosalina and Joshua Slaton, Mark “Dice City” Butler and Marcus “O-BliQ” Leslie. Speakers were food bank representatives Diana Messer of Crab Orchard Resource Center, Joe Brown of ANGEL Food Bank, and Jerry Workman of Berea Community Food Bank. The representatives discussed the history and initiative of Berea’s Empty Bowls Project, which began in 2004. Raffle prizes were distributed after the speakers and performers, as well as prizes for the student chefs of exceptional soup medleys. (READ MORE )(from “Feast of Empty Bowls”)

Friends of Paint Lick partners with Angel Food Bank and many other individuals and projects to promote friends-caring-for-friends in our own community. In doing what we can we join countless others in almost every grass roots part of America continuing the proud tradition of our parents and grand-parents. Once again we say “thank you Dean” for being the spark that showed us how our generation could “keep the wheel rolling”.


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