Filling Bowls: NPC project fights hunger

November 6, 2018 by Anonymous

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 Visual Arts Department is sponsoring the fourth annual Empty Bowls Community Event on Friday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Show Low campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, in the Aspen Center, room 103. Enter the campus from W. Whipple. The Aspen Center is closest to Whipple.

Empty Bowls

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. Payment can be by credit card, cash or check made out to NPC.

“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.

This year's Make-a-Thons produced approximately 189 bowls, with additional ones created by NPC ceramics class students. “I was thrilled to have so many people, including several families, show up at our two bowl Make-a-Thons. Many of them were working with ceramics for the first time,” said Gluszek. The bowls were fired using a variety of colored glazes and the resulting bowl is food and dishwasher safe.

All of the finished bowls will be displayed in the Aspen Center, room 103, starting at 11 a.m. “I will be setting aside any bowls that have a visible signature or initials on a separate table which will be reserved for people looking for the specific bowls they made,” adds Gluszek. “Any bowls left over from previous events or that were created without a signature are going on a table that is open to the general public, regardless of whether or not they made a bowl this year.”

“If you did not have an opportunity to make a bowl, you are still welcomed to come support The Love Kitchen at this community event,” emphasized Gluszek. “I would like to encourage people to purchase as many bowls as they would like. We always have leftovers and we'd like to raise as much money as possible for The Love Kitchen.”

“I'm so grateful to 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 for sale,” concludes Gluszek. Empty Bowls events have raised over $5,000 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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