Updated Mon, Jul 29, 2013 9:38 am
The first ever Bounty on the Bricks event has partnered with Rural Action, the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative, and the Compost Exchange to make the Aug. 10 fundraiser a zero waste event.
Bounty on the Bricks will be held on Court Street on Aug. 10 from 7-10 p.m. and will celebrate local farmers and fresh produce while providing food security for area families. The event is organized by the Athens Foundation.
The event will allow participants to enjoy a locally-sourced meal prepared by Hocking College’s McClenaghan Center for Hospitality Dean Alfonso Contrisciani — who is one of only 67 Certified Master Chefs in the United States. The sit-down meal will be provided at tables on the bricks of Court Street.
Funds raised through the Bounty on the Bricks will be matched by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund to create a new grant program called “Bounty in the Pantries” to enhance the capacity of local food pantries and feeding programs to serve more healthy foods to those in need. The Athens Foundation will provide administrative leadership for the grants program, which is expected to be released this fall.
The Athens Foundation will be working to make Bounty on the Bricks a zero waste event by composting all plates, cups and food scraps. Recycling will also be in place for menus, wine bottles and aluminum foil. The decorations for the event were also designed to be reused at future events.
“We are excited about this unique partnership with the community, the Zero Waste organizations and other funders in the region to support local food pantries and feeding programs. This funding is part of a larger community effort to measurably increase access to healthy foods, especially for low-income vulnerable populations” said Susan Urano, executive director of the Athens Foundation.
The idea for the Bounty on the Bricks event came when Athens Foundation members saw a photo on Facebook of a Farm-to-Table event held in Jonesborough, Tenn. where guests were all seated together at one long table on the city’s main street.
Bounty on the Bricks organizers were hoping to sell at least 270 tickets for the event at $75 each. On Friday morning, Urano said that 301 tickets had been sold and there are a total of 320 seats available for the event. If sold out, the event will have raised $24,000. Court Street from Union to Washington will be closed to vehicular traffic from 2-11 p.m. for the event and parking in the municipal parking garage on East Washington Street will be free.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the gymnasium of the Community Center on East State Street.
In conjunction with Bounty on the Bricks, the Athena Cinema will screen “A Place at the Table” on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. to help raise awareness about hunger and to support the fundraiser. The documentary puts a spotlight on the fact that 50 million people in the U.S. — one in four children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite the nation’s means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. The film is narrated by Jeff Bridges.
Following the screening, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, will answer questions and guide a community discussion on hunger. All proceeds from the film screening will benefit regional food pantries.
A handful of tickets for Bounty on the Bricks are still available and can be reserved by contacting the Athens Foundation at 594-6061 or online at www.athensfoundation.org.
The Athens Foundation is a community foundation that supports the arts and humanities, civic affairs, education, environmental protection and conservation, health and social services and organizations in Athens County.