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Empty Bowls Fundraiser, February 7

21 Jan

empty bowls logo

Celebrating its 10th year, the 2013 Empty Bowls Pantry Fundraiser will be held Thursday, February 7, at Oxford-University Methodist Church on N. 9th Street and University Avenue.

The event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., serves as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty.

Admission is $15 and includes soup served in a bowl crafted by the University of Mississippi Mud Daubers (yours to keep), bread and a bottle of water.


EatingOxford.com to Donate $500 to The Pantry

24 Apr

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Guinness St. Patrick’s Day promotion posted here back in March. Guinness set a new Guinness World Record and made it possible for EatingOxford.com to donate $500 to The Pantry. See the official press release below.

 EatingOxford.com to Donate $500 to The Pantry

(Oxford, MS, April 24, 2012) EatingOxford.com was recently selected by Guinness to collaborate in a worldwide effort to help the company win a Guinness World Record for the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Dozens of Oxonians pitched in by pledging to celebrate with a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, and combined efforts around the world resulted in Guinness successfully breaking the record with 435,456 people joining the campaign.

As a thank you for exposure on the EatingOxford.com blog and pledges from Oxonians who pledged to celebrate with a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness made a donation to EatingOxford.com, making it possible for EatingOxford.com to donate $500 to Oxford’s local food bank The Pantry.

“Being that I own a website focused on food, it’s never far from my mind that there are people going without,” says Liz Barrett, owner of EatingOxford.com. “The Pantry has always been my charity of choice in Oxford, so when I found out that the collaboration with Guinness would give me the chance to help The Pantry, I couldn’t say no. The entire campaign was well organized and I’m glad I was able to participate.”

About The Pantry

The Pantry feeds more than 400 people every month, including elderly residents who are homebound. The organization is always looking for those who can help organize food drives or volunteer at the facility. Call 662-832-8001 if you can help. If you can assist in delivering food to the homebound, call June Rosentreter at 662-234-8063.

Food drives are an easy and motivational event to organize anywhere (offices, schools, restaurants, etc.). You can also drop off bags or boxes of food at any time (at your convenience) on the porch of The Pantry—day or night—at 713 Molly Barr Road (next door to the Oxford Police Department).

About EatingOxford.com

Founded by Liz Barrett, a magazine editor by trade, EatingOxford.com provides locals and visitors with a comprehensive listing of the restaurants in and around Oxford, along with a regularly updated blog that keeps readers abreast of what’s going on around town. To date, more than 300,000 visitors have come to read nearly 500 posts on the EatingOxford.com blog (http://blog.eatingoxford.com), helping to move it up the ranks to No.1 blog in Mississippi according to Urbanspoon.com and win it Best Website in Oxford. The website and blog combined garner 50,000 Web visits per month.

For more information about EatingOxford.com, as well as site sponsorship opportunities, contact Barrett at liz@eatingoxford.com or 662-380-6316.

Guinness Recipe and Reminder

9 Mar

Have you pledged to help Oxford’s Pantry while helping Guinness set a Guinness World Record this St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy and free!

For every person who pledges to join the Guinness party on St. Patrick’s Day (and enters the code OXFO), EatingOxford.com will be able to make a donation to The Pantry, Oxford’s local food bank.

Help make history–while helping our local Pantry. Simply visit Guinness.com and click Count Me In after validating your age to join the party. Then just enter your first name–and the most important part–the optional code OXFO. This will ensure that your pledge counts toward Oxford!

Guinness Chocolate Brownies
(pictured above)

100 ml Guinness
185 g dark chocolate
50 g milk chocolate
185 g butter
3 eggs
275 g caster sugar
vanilla essence
85 g plain flour
20 g cocoa powder
50 g white chocolate buttons

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and sprinkle white chocolate buttons in tray. Melt the Guinness, butter, dark and milk chocolate together, remove from heat when melted. Whip eggs sugar and vanilla essence (until figure of 8) and fold into the chocolate mix. Sieve in flour and coco powder, folding in three stages. Pour into tray and spread out. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes at 320 degrees F. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Please pass along this post to help effortlessly raise funds for the Pantry and remember to drink responsibly this coming St. Patrick’s Day!

Upcoming Food Events and Volunteer Opportunities

5 May

Thanks to the Oxford Eagle for the following tips…


United Way is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers to Stamp Out Hunger in Lafayette County by collecting food goods for The Pantry at Kroger and Walmart on May 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to accept food donations at the stores. Contact Moni Reynolds, United Way, 236-4265 or unitedway.moni@bellsouth.net if you have an hour or two to give to accept food donations. This year The Pantry is seeking low-sugar and low-salt canned items, in addition to their regular requests. See the United Way website (www.unitedwayoxfordms.org) for a complete list of suggested items.


Water Valley hosts the second annual Main Street Market Fest on Saturday. Come for the Farmers Market at 8 a.m., enjoy the arts-and-crafts vendors, barbecue and tamale vendors, live music, magic show, and free kids’ games. Stay and see John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives rock the street party in the evening.


The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts its annual membership picnic Saturday, May 8, from 5-8 p.m. at Plein Air Green in Taylor. Featuring music by The Cakewalkers and Jake Fussell and Jamison Hollister, with food and fun for the whole family. The event is free to YAC members and non-members are invited to join the arts council.


The Meals on Wheels program provides a daily meal to the elderly and homebound. Volunteers deliver the meals. The Meals on Wheels program of Oxford-Lafayette County needs more volunteers. If you would like to help daily, weekly, monthly, or even on a temporary basis, call mornings at 281-8383. If no answer, leave a message.


The Pantry of Oxford & Lafayette County seeks volunteers to make home deliveries to homebound Pantry clients. The Pantry is also seeking brown paper grocery bags or reusable cloth bags for our clients to use for its groceries. Plastic bags are not needed. Contact June Rosentreter at 234-8063.

A Time for Sharing

10 Dec

We sometimes take for granted the fact that we’re able to go out to eat on a whim while others in our community may be struggling to feed their family that day.

While hunger is a problem we should be thinking about all year, the holidays seem to be the time of year that the topic comes up the most–a time when family is together and everyone is more inclined to share with others.

So this year, between all of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and party planning, think of how you can help feed another family by contacting one of Oxford’s local donation centers such as The Pantry, which feeds around 100 families each week.

Consider heading up a food drive at your place of employment; it doesn’t take much for everyone to go through their cupboards or do a little inexpensive shopping. All you have to do is gather up the items and deliver them.

You’ll walk away from the experience feeling some of what the holidays are truly all about.

  • The Pantry: 662-915-7421, 713 Molly Barr Rd. (next to the Oxford Police Dept.)
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