March 23, 2011

Enjoy soup, bread, a take-home bowl, & a powerful message

 Hamline University’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice is holding its second annual Empty Bowls event on April 7 to call attention to the issue of hunger and to raise money for those in need.

Empty Bowls is an international movement for food justice, which raises funds for area food shelves and educates people about hunger in the community. For a free-will donation, neighbors enjoy a community meal.

The bowl, soup, and bread are donated. People take home an empty bowl to remind them to do something about hunger. The funds raised will go to support the Hamline-Midway food shelves and the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

The event will include speakers from Keystone Community Services and Students Together Organize Volunteer Efforts, spoken word artist Kevin Yang, a performance by the Hamline Social Justice Theater Troupe, and music. Students at the Hmong College Prep Academy, Hancock-Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School, and Hamline University are making bowls, as are potters from the Edina Arts Center and Northern Clay Center.

Everyone is welcome to the Empty Bowls event, which will be held Thursday, April 7 from 11 a.m. -7 p.m. at the Hancock Midway Recreation Center located at 1610 Hubbard Avenue in Saint Paul. Stay for lunch, for dinner, or for the entire event.

For additional information, contact Sharon Jaffe, coordinator of service-learning 651-523-2483 or Katie Rawls, 651-523-2878.