CONYERS — The seventh annual Empty Bowls Dinner at General Ray Davis Middle School was held Tuesday, Feb. 12 to collect funds and canned goods for the Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund.

The dinner was hosted at the school where attendees were invited to take home a ceramic bowl designed by the students. The bowls symbolize the empty plates that many in the community suffering from hunger see every day.

More than 200 people attended the meal, including Rockdale Commission Chairman Oz Nesbitt, Rockdale Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts, Rockdale Board of Education members Katrina Young and Sandra Jackson and State Superintendent Richard Woods and his wife Lisha.

“This is just one of many great things that Mrs. King does,” said volunteer Sybil Johnson about Katy King, the Empty Bowls coordinator and art teacher at GRDMS. “She planned this whole event and still managed to tie in her curriculum.”

Dinner tickets were $5 per adult, $3 per child and additional donations could be made at the door. There was also an auction featuring larger ceramic bowls.

Dessert was prepared and served by volunteers from Heritage Hills Baptist Church.

More than $1,000 was collected as well as several hundred non-perishable and canned food items, some donated by the GaDOE.

Rockdale Emergency Relief was founded in 1967 and is celebrating its 52nd year of “helping neighbors help neighbors” in need in Rockdale County.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.