From JoAnn Brundin of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on this year’s Empty Bowl Project in Grand Forks:
In 1990 a high school art teacher
in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching
for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved
was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal.
Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited
to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the
following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty
Bowls, a project to provide support for organizations that fight hunger.
The basic idea for Empty Bowls
is simple. Participants create ceramic bowls, then serve a simple
meal of soup and bread. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and
to keep as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world.
In exchange for meal and a bowl, the guest gives a suggested minimum
donation of ten dollars. The proceeds are then used to fight hunger
and in this case, will be used locally in Grand Forks.
The Empty Bowl Event is scheduled
for November 12th at St Michaels Church from 11AM to 8PM.
Please call JoAnn or Tawnia at St Vincent de Paul 795-8614 if you would
like more information or would like to volunteer to help.