Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns around the world to care for and feed the hungry. Empty Bowls supports food-related charitable organizations and has raised millions of dollars to help end hunger. With SUA Ceramics teacher Kurt Nicaise at the helm, 2021 marks our ninth year hosting Empty Bowls to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in the Cincinnati area in partnership with a local agency that provides relief services. Through a service-learning curriculum, Saint Ursula ceramics students studied poverty and hunger in the greater Cincinnati area. This year, their work supported LaSoupe in Walnut Hills, whose mission is to Rescue – Transform – Share. Each week, LaSoupe rescues over 20,000 pounds of perishables and prepares approximately 15,000 meal servings at their Walnut Hills LaSoupe location and another 15,000 through partner restaurants of the Community Kitchen program. These meals are shared with over 100 agencies across Cincinnati.
Armed with the knowledge of need, students set about creating custom artwork bowls to contribute to a benefit box. The lunch event was modified to a sale of boxes containing two bowls, soup mix, corn bread mix, vinegar and honey. Students raised approximately $3,000 in box sales and were supported in the Empty Bowls endeavor by Carriage House Farm and The Madhouse Vinegar Company, who prepared the benefit box food products, recipes and made generous donations of their small-batch vinegar and honey.
A culmination of the students’ work, awareness and reflections about the Empty Bowls Project can be viewed through a video posted online at:
https://youtu.be/uGwmF1IbpqQ or accessed through this QR code: