M State's Empty Bowls helps fill community need
Area artists and students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College have created hundreds of ceramic bowls that are ready to be filled for 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 19, 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 going to the local Salvation Army soup kitchen. Diners are served in the bowl of their choice and can take the bowl home with them. M State ceramics instructor Lori Charest, who has coordinated the event since it began 14 years ago, said Empty Bowls has raised nearly $50,000 for the soup kitchen, which provides a noon meal for 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. Soups for the fundraiser are 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.