A cup of soup and a single slice of bread. For many in our communities facing food insecurity that’s their daily meal.
A record 220 individuals helped Northland Pioneer College’s Visual Arts Department's fourth annual Empty Bowls Community Event on Friday, November 16, raise $2,748 to assist The Love Kitchen in Pinetop in the fight against hunger in our communities. The previous three events had raised just slightly over $5,000.
For a $10 donation, participants were served a bowl of soup and a piece of bread, the calorie equivalent of a daily meal for those in hunger, in one of the handcrafted bowls made by community members during two September Make-a-Thons. All proceeds from the Empty Bowls Community Event go to The Love Kitchen.
“Empty Bowls is an international nonprofit grassroots effort by ceramicists and educators, working with the community, to create handcrafted bowls as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity in our communities,” explains Magda Gluszek, NPC art instructor and organizer of NPC’s Empty Bowls Project.
This year’s Make-a-Thons produced approximately 189 bowls, with additional ones created by NPC ceramics class students. “I was thrilled to have so many people, including several families, show up at our two bowl Make-a-Thons. Many of them were working with ceramics for the first time,” said Gluszek. The bowls were fired using a variety of colored glazes and the resulting bowl is food and dishwasher safe.
“I’m so grateful to Karen’s Café for providing the bread and Persnikkity’s Café and Bakery for again providing the soup for our event,” concludes Gluszek.
Food insecurity is defined as lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
For more information about the Empty Bowls project, contact Magda Gluszek at 532-6176.
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