Filling Bowls – Fighting Food Insecurity

November 1, 2017 by Anonymous
Empty Bowl - NPC Visual Arts

A cup of soup and a single slice of bread. For many in our communities facing food insecurity that’s their daily meal.

To increase awareness of the local fight against hunger Northland Pioneer College’s Fine Arts Department is sponsoring the third annual Empty Bowls Community Event on Friday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Show Low campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, in the Aspen Center, room 103.

For a $10 donation, you’ll be served a bowl of soup and a piece of bread, the calorie equivalent of a daily meal for those in hunger, in one of the handcrafted bowls made by community members during two September Make-a-Thons. All proceeds from the Empty Bowls Community Event go to The Love Kitchen in Pinetop to aid the fight against hunger in our communities.

“Empty Bowls is an international nonprofit grassroots effort by ceramicists and educators, working with the community, to create handcrafted bowls as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity in our communities,” explains Magda Gluszek, NPC art instructor and organizer of NPC’s Empty Bowls Project.

Crafting bowls for the Empty Bowls project.

This year’s Make-a-Thons produced 178 bowls, with additional ones created by NPC ceramics class students. “I was thrilled to have so many people show up at our two bowl Make-a-Thons. Many of them were working with ceramics for the first time,” said Gluszek. There will be over 200 bowls available for the Empty Bowls Community Event. A variety of colored glazes were used and the resulting bowl is food and dishwasher safe.

“If you did not have an opportunity to make a bowl, you are still welcomed to come support The Love Kitchen at the community event,” emphasized Gluszek. All of the finished bowls will be displayed in the Aspen Center, room 103, starting at 10 a.m., if you want to search for a specific bowl you or a family member created during the Make-a-Thons. However, soup will not be served until 11 a.m.

“I’m so grateful to Paula Howard, Alejandra Celiz Gutierrez, Perry Wray and Stuart Holmes who helped me with instruction, cleanup and the firing and glazing of the bowls,” adds Gluszek. “I also want to especially thank Karen’s Country Bake Shop for providing the bread and Persnikkity’s Café and Bakery for again providing the soup for our event.”

“We’ll be there until 3, even if we run out of soup, with bowls to raise as much money as we can for The Love Kitchen,” concludes Gluszek. Empty Bowls has raised over $3,900 for The Love Kitchen.

Food insecurity is defined as lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

For more information about the Empty Bowls project, contact Magda Gluszek at 532-6176.

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