Victoria Empty Bowls project fights hunger

Getting a hot meal and fighting hunger in the Crossroads area are the goals of the Empty Bowls project which will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Victoria College Student Center.

This is the ninth consecutive year for the project.

Handcrafted bowls made by VC current and former art students, Victoria East High School students and area potters will sell for $15, which will entitle purchasers to a bowl of soup, bread and a drink.

Soup may be eaten from the purchased bowl, and washing stations are available for those who wish to do so, but disposable bowls are also available.

Proceeds from the Empty Bowls project will benefit Christ’s Kitchen, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, Victoria County Senior Citizen Center and the Victoria College Visual Art Scholarship.

Debra Chronister, VC associate professor of art and Empty Bowls co-chair, said the goal is to create 500 bowls for this year’s event.

“We will surpass that, without a doubt,” she said. “People who want the best selection of bowls should come early,” she added. “We’ll have a good variety of heart-shaped bowls as well as a variety of other unique bowls.”

Some 18 area restaurants and caterers are participating in this year’s Empty Bowls project.

“We could not do this event without the support of our local restaurants and caterers. The majority of them have donated soup or bread for nine years, and we are very grateful for their continued support,” said Sherri Pall, Empty Bowls co-chair.

Pottery demonstrations, a silent auction and a bowl bash will also be held during the event.

“This continues to be a very popular event for the Victoria community, and we expect another large crowd this year,” Pall said.

Over the past eight years, the event has raised more than $80,000 to benefit local agencies whose mission is to fight hunger, Pall added.

“This will be a record year for bowls,” Chronister said. “I hope we have a great turnout to raise money for hungry people.”

Empty Bowls began more than 20 years ago in Michigan when a high school art teacher and his students helped coordinate an event to support a local food drive. Instead of holding a canned food drive, the class made ceramic bowls and served a simple meal of soup and bread. The bowl is meant to serve as a keepsake and a reminder of world hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls projects have spread throughout the world.

If You Go:

WHAT: Victoria Empty Bowls

WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: Victoria College Student Center

COST: Purchase of a bowl is $15 and includes soup, bread and a drink
Published: Thursday, 31 January 2013

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