Helping The Hungry
Aimed at combating hunger, Wittenberg’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser continues to exemplify the university’s service-based mission, drawing together students, faculty and staff, and uniting the campus and community. Coordinated through Wittenberg’s Department of Art in conjunction with Catholic Charities and hosted every year on campus, the event benefits Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield.
Every dollar raised provides five meals to hungry families in the community. The purchase of one, $15 bowl will provide 75 meals. In the 23 years Wittenberg has coordinated Empty Bowls, students and the Springfield community have raised more than $451,175 for Second Harvest Food Bank, which equates to 1,887,517 meals.
“This is truly a community event that brings in many people from Springfield and is a major fundraising event for Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Professor of Art Scott Dooley. “We hope to continue growing this project in an effort to bring awareness to food insecurity in the Springfield area.”
Wittenberg ceramics students, faculty, staff and a few community members make the handcrafted ceramic bowls used at the event. Empty Bowls' Throwing Days take place throughout the year as bowls are thrown, glazed and fired. In total, approximately 1,000 bowls are created for the fundraising event.
The 2016-17 Empty Bowls student coordinator was art major Elizabeth Wetterstroem, class of 2018 from Galena, Ohio. Hannah Fournier, class of 2014 from Dayton, Ohio, and Crispin Prebys, assistant professor of art, designed the promotional posters for the March 16 event.
Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit organization that collects and provides food supplies to more than 100 local feeding programs in the surrounding areas of Clark, Champaign and Logan counties. Click here to learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank.