Empty Bowls Supper helps those struggling with hunger

DONALDSON, Ind. (WNDU) - “I don't think people realize that behind the scenes, there are so many people in need,” Associate Community Director Libby Riggs said.

Dozens of empty bowls served as a metaphor for countless empty stomachs.

“A lot of people come and find themselves in situations where they need food and a lot of the food pantries here that the food bank supports are really just an integral part of the community,” MoonTree Studios director Matthew Celmer said.

Saturday afternoon MoonTree Studios and the Associate Community held its 6th Annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper.

“It’s great just to see so many people care about taking care of the community and giving to especially people that are hungry in the area,” Celmer said.

Dozens of bowls are donated from local artists.

“People can then take home with them as a reminder of all the empty bowls that are left around the world,” Celmer said. “This is a part of an international empty bowls movement.”

Some of the artists say this event is a great way to give back.

“I just believe in giving back to the community and taking care of people who need to be taken care of,” Wamsley Clay owner Elizabeth Wamsley said.

“It’s a great way for people to come out and they get to take something home, but they are also contributing to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana,” Rainbow Tree Ranch owner Suzanne Mauro said.

All of the proceeds go to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to help those in Marshall and Starke counties.

The empty bowls of today, hoping to fill those of tomorrow.

“Hunger is just one of the things that they experience,” Riggs said. “There are so many other needs in the community so if we can provide food through this and our other efforts of volunteering of our time and funds. People don't really realize they are all around you in your community,”

In its six years, the Empty Bowls Supper has raised more than $12,000.