Empty bowls help alleviate hunger

PLATTSBURGH Algonquin Dining Hall at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh was filled with local community members last Saturday in support of "Empty Bowls," a nationwide effort to fight hunger, personalized on a community level. Participants created ceramic bowls, then served a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests chose a bowl to use for their meal and kept it as a reminder there are always empty bowls throughout the world. In exchange for a meal and the bowl, guests gave a suggested minimum donation of $8 or $10, the proceeds of which were donated to the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf. Plattsburgh State potters, under the direction of Ali Della Bitta, as well as the local potters guild and local potters created and donated approximately 300 bowls for the evening. Mrs. McGees fifth grade class at Momot Elementary and Mrs. Steadmans fourth grade class in conjunction with Mrs. Sullivans art class at Oak Street Elementary both contributed handmade bowls as part of their "Learn and Serve" projects. Under the direction of local potter Jackie Saborian students learned how to make handmade bowls, which they then donated. These students also participated in a minimum wage game where they experienced what it is like to live on a very fixed income as well as dealing with unexpected costs that happen in life. Students then visited the food shelf to attain a better understanding of how the food shelf works and why it is needed.

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