Fighting hunger, one bowl of soup at a time

Empty Bowls event (April 5, 2018) is ongoing opportunity to address food insecurity in our community

Mike Otis, who is with Sarnia Fire Rescue, is taking charge with one of the bowls that will be featured at Empty Bowls on April 5, a fundraising event that takes place at the Lambton College Event Centre.

Empty Bowls, a fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon, is now in its 11th year at Lambton College, thanks to students and faculty, especially those connected with the ceramics program.

Centred around the idea that hunger in our community can be addressed—one bowl of soup at a time—Empty Bowls will take place on Thursday, April 5, with “seatings” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event takes place at the Lambton College Event Centre.

Matt Sampaio, one of the morning show hosts on K106 FM in Sarnia, gets ready to cut off his celebrity bowl after spinning it into shape. PHOTO: J.D. Booth/Lambton Shield.

On Friday, several “celebrities” came to Lambton College to create bowls that will be offered for auction at the event.

Here’s how Empty Bowls works:

Supporters buy a $25 ticket for the event, getting a bowl of soup that is provided by one of a dozen restaurants. Ticket holders get to keep the bowl, all of which are being made by volunteers and ceramic students at the College. The money raised will be shared between the Inn of the Good Shepherd and the Lambton College Food Bank.

Tickets for the local event are available through the Inn of the Good Shepherd website—click HERE.

Locally, the Empty Bowls project has raised $80,000 to fight hunger.

At the event, there will be live music from the Great Lakes Secondary School Jazz Band along with the cast of the Producers and a raffle of local art.

Empty Bowls as an international fundraising event began in 1990 as an art class project in a Michigan high school to raise funds for a food drive.

Students made ceramic bowls, served a meal of soup and bread, and invited guests to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

Here in Sarnia, Beth Turnbull Morrish, the faculty professor who has been organizing the event for several years (it’s now in its 11th year), explained what people can expect from the April 5 Empty Bowls event:

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