Across the world there are many that stay hungry throughout the day, or may just not know if they will have at least one meal to eat come next sunrise.
“Empty Bowls” is part of an International awareness campaign to recognize and help deplete hunger across the world.
A local effort began in Port Huron seven years ago, and has been more successful in providing food for our locals each year.
This year’s “Empty Bowls” dinner drew hundreds of charitable and hungry area residents to St. Stephen’s Parish Hall of Port Huron on March 25.
The 2010 “Empty Bowl” dinner benefit had zero overhead and drew in well over 300 guests, according to Eileen Jay, who served as an artist liaison and volunteer for the event.
The Parish was packed, guests filled every table.
Event Co-Coordinator, Terry Krueger said, “Every year this gets to be bigger and bigger, people sit down, eat and stay to talk and mingle with others. I just don’t know where I’m going to put them all.”
The hundreds of attendees were able to choose from multiple types of soup and chili and take home their own “empty bowl” created by area artists and students from all levels of education, including our college.
Rachelle Heydens, 20, a SC4 student, donated her first bowl at this year’s event. Heydens was unable to attend the event, but said, “I had never heard of empty bowls before, until my clay class. I felt good that I was making and giving something up, that will someday help someone.” Heydens also wishes she could have made more to donate.
The proceeds from donations and a silent auction held at the event increased more than 10% from the previous year will help provide the Mid-City Nutrition Program with funds for its soup kitchen.
The final tally is not exact, but according to Jay, “this year has been the best year ever for attendance, for the number of bowls donated and for the success of the silent auction.” Totals are expected to exceed 13,000 dollars.
Jay also said, “This community has such a heart. For people to turn out like they did, and give so generously, the dinner was a fabulous success.”