Students organize Empty Bowls event for hunger prevention

Rob Karwath | October 07, 2016

Northwestern students, motivated by a desire to raise funds and awareness for hunger-prevention efforts locally and worldwide, have organized the first Empty Bowls event on campus Oct. 16.

Northwestern Health Sciences University students will raise funds and awareness for hunger-prevention efforts at the campus’ first Empty Bowls event on World Food Day, Oct. 16.

The event will provide attendees a lunch of soup and bread donated by local restaurants and served in pottery bowls made by local artists. A donation of $20 is suggested. Items also will be sold through a silent auction. All funds raised will go to Feed My Starving Children and Second Harvest Heartland, both hunger-prevention nonprofits based in the Twin Cities.

“This is a community service project on our campus, but we also want to engage the broader Twin Cities community in better understanding and working to prevent hunger locally and worldwide,” said Meghan Spees, a Northwestern student studying acupuncture and Oriental medicine. “It’s a way we can help and learn more about this important issue.”

This is the first year that Empty Bowls will be held at Northwestern. Activities are planned for the campus courtyard as well as the cafeteria. In addition to food and the silent auction, local musicians will perform.

World Food Day is a day of action by people from around the world who come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger. It celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on Oct. 16, 1945. World Food Day started in 1979 and has been observed annually in almost every country by millions of people.

“We’re looking forward to a day of engagement and learning, and we’re proud of the students for starting this event,” said Alejandra Estrin Dashe, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and an Associate Professor and Chair of Social Science and Humanities. “This event was the idea of students and is being led by students. It will be about expanding our understanding and raising funds to fight hunger by members of our campus community and the broader Twin Cities community.”

The Empty Bowls event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 on Northwestern’s campus, 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington. Participants and media wishing to cover the event should enter through Door 3 of the main Northwestern building.

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