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UW-Eau Claire Students Help Fight Hunger
With Annual ‘Empty Bowls’ Benefit

 MAILED:  Feb. 19, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Ceramic students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art department are once again pitching in to help fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley. The students, under the direction of associate professor of art Mike Weber, are designing and making more than 400 ceramic bowls to donate to the Feed My People Food Bank for their upcoming “Empty Bowls” fundraiser. Student coordinators of this year’s project are seniors Aimee Rusch, Wauwatosa, and Megan Shanley, Lindstrom, Minn.

“Empty Bowls,” a benefit supper of soup, specialty breads and desserts, will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 East Lexington, Eau Claire.

The meal of soup, bread and desserts is being donated by Karen Severson, Great Harvest Bread, Co., and area churches and volunteers. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing matching funds for the event.

Ticket prices are $15 for supper and a hand-designed bowl, $8 for the supper alone and $40 for a family pack of two bowls and supper for up to five individuals. Children age 10 and younger are free. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at Trinity Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran, First Presbyterian, First Congregational, Grace Lutheran, First Lutheran, UW-Eau Claire Service Center and the Feed My People Food Bank. Pottery displays have been set up at ticket outlet churches to show samples of student work.

In addition to involvement with “Empty Bowls,” UW-Eau Claire students sponsor Hunger Week on campus each fall to raise money and awareness to help fight hunger.

Feed My People Food Bank is a food distribution center that supplies over 300,000 pounds of food to 50 area pantries and charitable organizations each year. The food Feed My People distributes feeds approximately 4,000 low-income people in West-Central Wisconsin every month.

For more information, contact Neil Hovind at Feed My People, (715) 835-9415, or Duane Pederson at (715) 832-8321.

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Updated: February 17, 2004