Many struggle weekly to keep food on the table.
Some may feel lucky to have just one meal a day.
Even within our community many go hungry to feed their children, or perhaps their children stay hungry, too. This need for nourishment is worldwide, but there is a way to help.
Port Huron is having its seventh annual International Empty Bowl Event today.
For $25 anyone can come eat, and choose a bowl to take home to remember the event, and the reason that the benefit exists.
The dinner will be held at St. Stephens Catholic Church Parish Hall located at 325 32nd Street in Port Huron. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m.
Featured at the event will be a silent auction and a chance to meet some of the artists and students that worked hard to come up with nearly 300 “empty bowls” for each guest that attends the dinner.
Eileen Jay, artist liaison, said, “This year the event has been moved to St. Stephen’s to accommodate for the event’s growth.”
“Last year, the event brought in $11,500, and that was in a recession,” said, Jay.
This year’s hopes are high for the amount of money raised and there will also be “no overhead; everything has been donated and everyone is serving as volunteers.”
Every penny will go directly to the Mid-City Nutrition Program and their soup kitchen artists and students alike were all volunteers.
Many local artists donated their time, as well as their own pieces, to schools to teach children different methods of making bowls for the event. Jason Stier, a Riverview East (St. Clair) art teacher, said, “Having Mark Harris visit helped take the intimidation away from throwing on the wheel.” This time taken by artists helps students to learn and create art for a cause.
High school students aren’t the only ones donating. The Montessori Children’s Academy in St. Clair is also providing bowls created by students with the help of other artists.
Celeste Skalnek, SC4’s ceramics/pottery teacher, also encouraged her students to create works of art for the “Empty Bowls dinners.” She said, “I have always done bowls.” Skalnek has even been talking up the event “since the first day of class.”
Last year, the Soup Kitchen provided 54,906 meals to homeless or hungry locals, but the International Empty Bowl event should help take the heat for much of the expenses.