By Nikka Hronis
March 25, 2014. On Saturday, March 29, Watauga High School will host the 13th annual Empty Bowls dinner to raise money for the Hunger and Health Coalition. Patrons can purchase a uniquely designed, handmade ceramic bowl filled with locally made soup and bread for a minimum $15 donation (see menu below). Bowls are created by students and local potters and guests may keep them as a reminder of the hunger and empty bowls in our community and the world.
From making bowls in class, to selling tickets and serving soup at the event, all of the volunteers at the Empty Bowls dinner are students. Watauga High School Junior, Kauner Michael, is one of these dedicated students who has been working to make this fundraiser a success.
“I’ve done stuff like asking businesses to donate items for silent auctions, and getting bowls donated. I’ve been out selling tickets and going out and trying to get people excited and involved,” Michael said.
Student involvement as well as the impact of local aid set apart this fundraiser from others. Students put endless hours and energy into this event, not to raise money for themselves or their school, but rather to help those members of our community seeking assistance.
“High school students are a special kind of people trying to find themselves. It’s a great outlet for students to be able help others and serve, having a place in the community,” Michael said.
“The thing that makes it special is that students run it and make a lot of the bowls. I’ve made a few myself. It’s a community driven event for a great cause, and its great to see everyone out raising money for the Health and Hunger Coalition.”
All proceeds benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition and its ongoing effort to relieve hunger and poverty in the area. This year’s event also features live music and a silent auction.
“This year we’re having live music from our Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Band which I hope will draw people in,” Michael said. “If we could even hit $9,000 this year that would be great.”
Empty Bowls Dinners started with one class project at a Michigan High School back in 1990, and today are held all over the country raising money to combat hunger.
So check out the menu, and come grab a meal at the Empty Bowls supper this weekend. And when you do, remember that you’re not just filling your bowl, you’re helping fill the bowl of a neighbor in need.
2014 Empty Bowls Supper Menu
French Rolls, Honey Wheat Rolls and Spinach Feta Rolls
provided by Stick Boy Bakery
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
provided by WHS ProStart II and Advanced Foods II
Italian Basil Minestrone Soup
provided by Casa Rustica Restaurant
provided by Pepper’s Restaurant
Tomato Basil Soup
provided by Stick Boy Kitchen
provided by Woodland’s Barbecue
Troy’s Traditional Chili
provided by Troy’s 105 Diner
provided by The Speckled Trout Cafe
provided by F.A.R.M. Cafe
provided by Bare Essentials Natural Market
provided by Friends of Watauga