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From left Rev. Kären Rasmussen, a director on Our Daily Bread’s all-volunteer Board of Directors and the social justice minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF); Lisa Whetzel; Carole Tuchrello, ODB financial literacy program assistant; and Carla Thompson, ODB project BRIDGE manager.

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Empty Bowls Event Raises $18,000

Our Daily Bread’s signature fundraiser benefits Fairfax County residents living below the poverty line.

As the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet played dulcet American swing standards to an audience of 300, the atmosphere inside the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center last Thursday night struck a balance between light-hearted and serious. While outwardly entertaining, with balloon animals, face-painting, live music and close to 400 colorful handmade bowls available to take home, the fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser highlighted a humbling reality: the large population of working poor in the Fairfax County area.


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