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Empty Bowls 2017 Tickets are on Sale!

11th Annual Empty Bowls

Tickets on sale NOW!

Empty Bowls is Plowshares’ signature event that takes place May 13th this year at 5:30 here at the Plowshares Dining Room, 1346 S. State. St.

Jan Hoyman Studios, Doug Browe and the Ceramics Club of Mendocino College, and Mendocino Inland Ceramic Association create bowls for guests to take home with them after enjoying a variety of homemade soups, salad, appetizers, breads and desserts.

We have an auction, Fund a Need auction, and raffle of great prizes donated by community members and businesses.

This event generates much needed funds for operating our Community Dining Room and Meals on Wheels programs. Costs are low for putting this event on because of the in kind donations and holding it in our dining room. We net 97% of the proceeds generated.

Buy tickets online from Brown Paper Tickets, click on the icon to the right, at Mendocino Book Company, or here at Plowshares, 1346 S. State St. Call 707-462-8582 for more information.

April 2017 Newsletter

April Newsletter is here!

Read about Food Waste, Empty Bowls and how much we receive for every ticket sold, the need for a lawn mower and how to sponsor our team for the Human race.

Click HERE to view.

February Newsletter

The February Newsletter has been published! Read about Food Insecurity in Mendocino County and the effects it has on adults and children.  There is an update on Winter Appeal donations and a new date for Empty Bowls.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Evening Supervisor Job

We are seeking an Evening Supervisor here at Plowshares to work 7 hours/day, 11:30 – 7:00 pm with a 30 minute lunch, Monday – Friday. $13.00 – $15.00/hr depending on experience. Generous benefits package.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Provide on-site supervision and administrative support of evening operations
Preparing for the evening meal and the following day’s Meals on Wheels deliveries
Recruiting and confirming participation of evening shift volunteers
Making sure evening volunteers are oriented and trained
Assist with maintenance of building, grounds, and garden
Responsible for the Personal Care Office and the Mail Service
Making sure all food is put away, shelfs stocked and kitchen cleaned
Security during lunch and dinner meals
Making sure at the end of the evening meal the dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms are cleaned and secured


Must be able to lift up to 60lbs
Ability to treat a diverse section of people with dignity and respect
Ability to keep information confidential
Ability to be flexible with hours when needed
Ability to diffuse conflict situations
Valid CA Driver’s License
DMV report
Pass a drug and alcohol test

We have a small but dedicated group of staff members who work as a team to provide a much needed service to our community.

View Job Description HERE and download an application on our website HERE
Please email a resume and cover letter to or come by Plowshares to fill out or drop off a Job Application and deliver your resume and cover letter in person at 1346 S. State St. Ukiah CA 95482

January Newsletter

Read the January Newsletter. See the photos from the Holidays, read about the many generous Business and Craftsmen who help Plowshares and the special thank yous to the volunteers who helped us during the holidays.

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img_0322Plowshares at Pumpkinfest! It may have been rainy but people were out enjoying the parade and booths. The children passing by tried their skills at the dinosaur bean bag toss winning dinosaur prizes for successful tosses. We passed out our newsletter, brochure and volunteer applications to interested community members and raised funds for our Diningroom!

October 2016 Advocate


The October Newsletter has been published!

Read about  Plowshares at Pumpkinfest and the Healthy Harvest Workshops being taught at the Plowshares kitchen.

View photos of the Blues, Brews, & BBQ Event and the many people we have to thank for a wonderful event.

View the newsletter HERE.

September Newsletter

Sept newsletterThe September Newsletter has been published!

Read about the Blues, Brews & BBQ event and a brief bio of the “Plowshares Blues Band” members!

View photos of the Volunteer Recognition Celebration and the winners of this years awards.

View the newsletter HERE.

Tickets now on sale for Blues, Brews & BBQ!

BBB2016The “Blues, Brews & BBQ” in Support of Plowshares Meals on Wheels is coming to Barra of Mendocino on Saturday, September 17th.

Last Fiscal Year we served 31,587 meals to home-bound seniors who would not have a hot nutritious meal with out the dedicated drivers and runners who deliver these meals right to their door.

A gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Austin, from UVMC, will include BBQ tri-tip, chicken and a vegetarian entree with sides of potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans. Dessert and coffee will follow.

Anderson Valley Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing Company will be donating and pouring their special brews and Barra wines will be featured.

The Event features “The Plowshares Blues Band:
Henry Oden – Bass (Joe Louis Walker)
Rich Kirch – Guitar (John Lee Hooker)
Marcus David – Drums (Clover)
Fonky Rob Gordon – Keyboards (Craig Horton)
With special quests:
Lisa Kindred– Vocals
Barry “The Fish” Melton – Guitar,Vocals
Nick Gravenites – Vocals (The Electric Flag)

The music is Boogie derived, bluesy, funky and very dance able.

Our concept of bringing our supporters a really fun event without auctions or promotional interruptions is only possible because of the generosity of our Sponsors:

Silver sponsors: McCarty’s Auto Body, Mendo Lake Credit Union, Beckstoffer Vineyards,and Friedman’s Home Improvement.

Bronze Sponsors: Greg Hoyt Construction, Maverick Enterprises, Ukiah Electric, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op, Mendo Forest Products, Ukiah Ford, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, and Les Schwab Tires.

Tickets are $60, which includes dinner, beer and music and can be purchased at Mendocino Book Company, Plowshares, Dig! Music and online at Brown Paper Tickets,

Come on out and support this vital service to our Seniors. We promise a great time will be had by all!