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Social Work class combats local hunger with 'Empty Bowls'

ATHENS, Ohio (May 2, 2005) -- The Ohio University graduate Social Work class is sponsoring Empty Bowls Fundraiser to address hunger issues in Athens. The benefit will be held Wednesday, May, 11 at the Oak Room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Toscano's from 5 to 8 p.m.

The basic idea for Empty Bowls is simple. Participants (local students) make ceramic bowls that will be sold around campus. Patrons bring their bowls to the Oak Room or Toscano's on May 11 and will be provided with a simple meal of soup and bread. The bowls are a keepsake and serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and bowl, the guest gives a suggested minimum donation of $10.

The Social Work graduate class is coordinating this project as a service learning requirement. The class feels that it is important to raise public awareness of hunger in our local and global communities. The Empty Bowls project is a unique opporuntity for collaboration among college students, local businesses, public school students and community organizations that support hunger fighting efforts, such as this year's beneficiary the Salvation Army.

Bowls will be sold on :

  • April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College Gate
  • May 2 - 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Center for Community Service, 033 Baker Center
  • May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baker Center

Ohio University students, Milestones Foster Care Network, Hocking Valley Community Residential Center and East Elementary students volunteered to make the bowls. The Dairy Barn Arts center donated space and supplies for the project. Clays and glazes were supported by a grant funded by the Ohio University's Community Service Leadership Council which provides and serves as a grant making council with Student Community Outreach Resource Endowment in collaboration with the Women in Philanthropy.

Soups are being donated by Toscano's (4 Depot St.) and The Oak Room (14 Station St.).

Contact Rebecca Collins at 797-3960 or Janeece Henes, 593-4007 at the Center for Community Service at Ohio University for more details.

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Media ContactJaneece Henes, (740) 593-4007 or Rebecca Collins, (740) 797-3960

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