Hamline University’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service,
and Social Justice will be serving up its first-ever “Empty Bowls” event on
Thursday, April 8, and everyone is invited. This community meal and fundraiser
aims to raise awareness about just how many people go without enough food—as far
away as earthquake-ravaged Haiti and right here in Minnesota.
the Hamline Hancock Elementary School created and designed “empty bowls” of
pottery that will be auctioned off as part of the fundraiser. Local restaurants
are donating the bread and soup that will be served for the evening meal, and
there is a lineup of great entertainment, featuring the Hamline University
Orchestra, student band Staccato in Blue, and a drumming ensemble that will play
music from around the world.
The Empty Bowls event will also give people
an opportunity to hear from those who are working on hunger issues locally and
“I hope Empty Bowls will become an annual event at Hamline,”
Coordinator of the Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism Sharon Jaffe
said. “There is plenty of food in the world; we just need compassionate
action to distribute it equitably.”
All the proceeds from the event will
be donated to UNICEF’s Haiti relief efforts and Keystone Community Services,
which runs the Hamline Midway food shelf. Empty Bowls is open to the public.
It’s on Thursday, April 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hamline United Methodist Church
Community Room, located at 1514 Englewood in Saint Paul. The suggested donation
is $15 with a minimum donation of $5 to attend.