More than 400 ceramic bowls created by area artists and students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College are ready to be filled as part of Empty Bowls, the college’s annual drive to end hunger.
This year’s Empty Bowls event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus.
Guests at the luncheon will be served soup in handmade ceramic bowls in exchange for a minimum donation of $18, with proceeds donated to the local Salvation Army soup kitchen. Diners get to keep the bowl of their choice.
M State ceramics instructor Lori Charest, who has coordinated the event since it began 13 years ago, said it has raised more than $45,000 for the soup kitchen, which provides a noon meal to about 70 people daily. Each year, she invites former students and community artists to return to campus to create bowls for the event alongside her ceramics students.
Local artist Jeff Zachmann spent 15 years as a potter before he began creating the metal sculptures for which he’s famous, and he looks forward to the chance to throw bowls on the pottery wheel each year.
“Throwing bowls was something I always liked, and this gives me a chance to do it once a year for a great cause. It all comes together,” said Zachmann, who will have about 50 bowls displayed.
Soup is donated by Lancer Hospitality, and City Bakery in Fergus Falls is donating an assortment of dinner rolls for the luncheon.
The M State Fine Arts Department hosts the annual fundraiser.
Nationally, Empty Bowls 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. It is the 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.