Empty Bowls fills stomachs

Courtesy of Oasis Central Minnesota

 

Jesse Kretsinger was one of a number of students who decorated the bowls that will be used during the annual “Empty Bowls” event slated for Sunday, March 2, at First United Church in Little Falls.

Jesse Kretsinger was one of a number of students who decorated the bowls that will be used during the annual “Empty Bowls” event slated for Sunday, March 2, at First United Church in Little Falls.

An empty bowl: for too many people it represents another day without enough to eat. For the rest of us, that empty bowl can be a reminder of the faces of the children, women and men who struggle daily to find the food for their next meal. They are not just faces of people from another continent, they are the faces of people living right here in Central Minnesota.

On Sunday, March 2, Oasis Central Minnesota will present the third annual Empty Bowls event at First United Church.

From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., guests are invited to a simple meal of soup served in a handcrafted bowl. In exchange for a $10 donation, guests are asked to keep the bowl as a reminder of all of the empty bowls in the world. The money raised will be used by Oasis in its work to combat local hunger and food insecurity, specifically Share a Meal (a weekly free community meal) and Ruby’s Pantry.

Presented in celebration of the Morrison County Food Share Month, Empty Bowls raises awareness of hunger and food security issues in our community and around the world. Students and staff in the Little Falls and Swanville High Schools’ art programs have created 300 handcrafted ceramic bowls for the event. Through their artistry, the message that hunger is an issue for many in our community is conveyed in a lasting way.

Hunger and food insecurity are a persistent, yet “invisible” problem in our community. (The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a situation of “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”)

Once again, Oasis and local artists are collaborating to build awareness of hunger issues at this year’s event. Students and staff at Little Falls and Swanville High Schools donated their talent to crafting the bowls.

Local musicians will share their talents during the event. Other local artists have donated their work for a silent auction. A grant from the Five Wings Arts Council covering the cost of the clay and glaze enabled the students to participate without depleting the schools’ educational supplies.

Tickets are available in advance at the Oasis Central Minnesota office in the Historic Courthouse, Great River Arts Center and from Oasis board members and volunteers. Tickets also will be available on the day of the event at First United Church.

For more information, contact the Oasis Central Minnesota office at (320) 632-9140.

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