M State's Empty Bowls fills community need

Hundreds of ceramic bowls are ready to be filled for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, the annual Minnesota State Community and Technical College event in support of the Salvation Army food program in Fergus Falls.

Empty Bowls is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus. For a suggested donation of $18, diners will receive their choice of soup served in a handmade pottery bowl, which they can then bring home.

Organizer and M State ceramics instructor Lori Charest, along with current and former M State ceramics students, gathered in the college’s ceramics room for a “bowl-a-thon” in March to make bowls for the event, first held 14 years ago.

Bread for the lunch is being donated by City Bakery, and Lancer Hospitality is donating three varieties of soup – tomato bisque, beef barley and the perennial favorite, chicken wild rice.

"I am always so pleased by the support and enthusiasm for this event, Charest said. “This is such a great place to use art to help others in the community."

During the previous 13 years, M State’s Empty Bowls has raised nearly $54,000 to fight hunger through donations to the local Salvation Army.