Local college students and artists have created nearly 350 bowls that will be filled during the Empty Bowls community fundraiser at Minnesota State Community and Technical College from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 16.
Guests will be served soup in a handmade ceramic bowl of their choice in exchange for a minimum donation of $15. The bowls are taken home by guests to symbolize all the empty bowls in the world.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the popular event on the Fergus Falls campus, which has raised more than $30,000 to fight hunger through donations to the soup kitchen at the Fergus Falls Salvation Army. The proceeds of last year’s fundraiser were used to help the Salvation Army purchase a new commercial stove for its kitchen, where noon meals are prepared daily for 50-70 people.
Nationally, Empty Bowls is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015.
Lancer Hospitality is donating the soups for this year’s fundraiser – chicken wild rice and a vegetarian vegetable barley – and City Bakery in Fergus Falls is donating an assortment of dinner rolls that will be served with the soup.
Empty Bowls is hosted by the M State Fine Arts Department and coordinated each year by M State ceramics instructor Lori Charest, whose pottery students create bowls for the event. Charest also opens the M State pottery studio to former students and community artists to create additional bowls.
The national Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 as a meal for the staff of one high school and has spread across the United State and internationally, raising millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations. Empty Bowls is a project of The Imagine/Render Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to positive and lasting social change through the arts, education and projects that build community.