Project MOST Fills Empty Bowls

Local chefs will prepare 25 delicious soups for Project MOST’s popular Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, March 8, at the American Legion in Amagansett. From noon to 3, guests can meet student leaders and their families and learn about the benefit the program has had on the community.

Based out of East Hampton, Project MOST is a non-profit organization providing after-school, evening, and weekend programming across arts and culture, STEM, and health and wellness, along with a nine-week summer learning program for children ages five to 13. In addition, the organization offers tutoring and academic assistance.

Over 450 students are served annually at Springs School and John Marshall Elementary School. Beyond these programs, 45 high school and college students (55 during the summer) become Project MOST student leaders, mentoring the younger children. The paid opportunity allocates for 20 hours of training and hands-on experience through an “expert-in-residency” program, introducing leaders to a study or interest. Additionally, student leaders get free college admissions counseling.

“The interest and turnout for this event are a shining example of the far-reaching impact that our program has had on the entire community. Since 2000, our enrichment programs have touched the lives of over 6000 students — 350 students daily — and their working families who are the backbone of this community. We are very grateful,” said Rebecca Morgan Taylor, the executive director of Project MOST. “The restaurants, chefs, and local businesses should be applauded for their continuing participation each year.”

Bring your own bowl, although there are “to-go” quarts available for favorites.

The American Legion Post 419 is located at 15 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 for children 13 years of age or younger. Kids younger than five eat free. Visit www.projectmost.com for tickets and more information.

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