Professor David Hooker and the Advanced Ceramics Class coordinated and hosted the Empty Bowls Project this year. This is no small undertaking and the last Empty Bowls Project raised $1700 for the Interfaith Food Pantry as 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to their organization. Students set up in the lower level of the Todd M. Beamer student center and mug purchases come with a cup of coffee (Thank You to the downtown Glen Ellyn Starbucks for their generous donation of coffee) and bowls come with a bowl of soup (Thank You to Bon Appetit, Wheaton College’s dining and catering service for their generous donations). This year, Waubonsee Community College ceramics students, as well as College of Dupage ceramics students donated mugs and bowls from their programs for the project and we couldn’t have been more excited to have had the opportunity to collaborate with some of ceramics peers in the area – a HUGE HUGE Thank You to both programs and their students for jumping on board with us to make this year’s event a partnered success! Mugs this year sold out in an hour and a half and we raised a record amount too!
Here’s the final break down from Jim Householter, the treasurer for Interfaith Food Pantry, as well as a few photos …
What an awesome site today to see all the bowls and mugs and students and faculty mingling, buying and sharing soup and coffee!
I have a total = $3,665 that was raised, more than double from the first event!!!!!!!! That will provide food for almost one month for our clients!!!
Again I want to “THANK YOU” for your efforts to coordinate this event and to your students and the other colleges that offered bowls as well!
Our Pantry hours are 9-12pm on Monday and Wednesday and 12-3pm on Tuesday and Thursday and we would love to have you and/or your students join us as volunteers for a shift.
Mary Newman can coordinate a day/time that works on the calendar if you want to contact her in advance. Our Pantry serves the Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton, Carol Stream and Glen Ellyn areas and provides about a weeks worth of food including laundry powder, diapers, 2 pounds of meat, bread and fresh vegetables and fruit to over 350 families a month.