2008-11-06 / News

Fill an empty bowl to support hunger initiative

Empty bowls Heidi Sakovits and Elliot Italiano work on shaping and painting pottery bowls during the Afterschool enrichment program. The students' bowls will be for sale during the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo by Julia Montminy Empty bowls Heidi Sakovits and Elliot Italiano work on shaping and painting pottery bowls during the Afterschool enrichment program. The students' bowls will be for sale during the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo by Julia Montminy Great soup, homemade desserts and live jazz will all be cooked up on Friday, Nov. 14, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the Melrose School Multipurpose Room for the 2008 Empty Bowls Fund-raiser. Soups, bread, homemade desserts and drinks are included in the admission price. This is truly a community event; all funds raised by the dinner will provide direct support to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Over the past six months, students in an after school program at the Jamestown schools have made over 200 beautiful bowls which will be available for participants to bring home with them after enjoying their dinner. Funded by the Jamestown Education Foundation, the after-school pottery program was run by Sherry Italiano with help from adult volunteers. In addition, each student in the Lawn School has also contributed a bowl through the school's art program and various professional potters have donated bowls to this event.

The Empty Bowls Fundraiser was started by a high school art teacher in Michigan in 1990 to raise funds for a food drive. The event is now held in communities throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to provide funds for feeding those in need. Jamestown is in its fourth year of holding this event, which raises about $5,000 annually. All funds raised by this event are doubled through a challenge grant to the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Complementing the food, highlights include a live jazz trio, which will be playing for tips, and a silent auction with bowl themed art and other items will be held. The making of the soups this year is supported by the Jamestown Rotary Club and will be made by volunteers from the community.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The cost will be $15 for adults, $10 for children, and t-shirts will be sold for $8 each. This is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal, support the community and help feed those in need.

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