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Nearly 200 Participate in ‘Empty Bowls’ to Combat Hunger

Eating soup from a selection of bowls crafted by the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program, more than 200 community members supported efforts to relieve local hunger by attending the second annual “Empty Bowls” project on April 7. For $10, participants received soup in a bowl (which they kept), and helped to financially support the Berea and Paint Lick food banks.

Nearly 200 participated in the 'Empty Bowls' project

Mee Yang, student director of Students for Appalachia, coordinated the event, which served as a reminder of both world and local hunger. "The goal of the project is to make the participants aware that we have food banks out there that need supplies year round and simply to remind them of all the empty bowls in the world,” says Yang. With contributions from CELTS, the ceramics program, Boone Tavern Restaurant, Papalenos, and Wan Pen, this project helps to ensure that local hunger is addressed.

Empty Bowls events have been held around the world. It originated from a high school art teacher in Michigan who was trying to help her students raise funds to support a food drive in 1990. What began as a class project turned into a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. As a result, millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

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