The Ceramics class held it’s first ever Empty Bowls Project today in Lower Beamer Center on campus. The campus community was invited to come out and buy bowls and mugs made by the ceramics classes and get a free soup lunch (provided by Bon Apetite) and free coffee (provided by Starbucks in downtown Glen Ellyn). All proceeds went to the Interfaith Food Pantry here in Wheaton.
Starting with around 170 bowls and mugs made by students and professors, the event sold out, with $1750 raised for the food pantry! Jim Houesolter from IFP had this to say:
This money will enable our Food Pantry to provide food for 115 families (food for a family of four) for one week!!! I was overwhelmed at the generosity and politeness of the students and professors at Wheaton while shopping and conversing with each other. The food and coffee was a treat as well.
We thank everyone in the Wheaton community who came out to support this project, and we hope you all enjoy the handmade pottery. May it enhance your daily life in a small way and also serve as a reminder of the need to reach out to those in our community and abroad who are hungry or food insecure.