Empty Bowls to raise money to fight hunger in the community

| 15 Feb 2012 | 01:09

WEST MILFORD — It's a win-win. How would you like to get a beautiful, handmade bowl filled with delicious homemade soup, some bread and dessert all for $15. Here's the best part: the proceeds all go to feeding the hungry in the West Milford community.

The West Milford High School Art Department is making that happen. On Thursday, March 15, they are hosting an event called "Empty Bowls" in the cafeteria of Macopin School. Folks who want to participate buy a ticket in advance for $15 which entitles them to a brand new handmade bowl, yummy soup and bread, all while helping the local food pantries at the West Milford Presbyterian Church and Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.

According to Cindy Gallaugher, an art teacher at the high school, this fundraising event is possible because of a grant from the West Milford Education Foundation. The skilled hands of Gallaugher's sculpture students, Art Club students, some other students and even a few teachers will produce and donate the unique bowls for the event. Volunteers from throughout the community will provide soup, bread and dessert, making all of the proceeds available for the local food pantries.

Empty Bowls was created in 1990 by a Michigan art teacher looking for a creative way for his students to support a local food drive. The idea grew, and in the 22 years since its inception, Empty Bowls has grown into an international event, raising millions of dollars for worldwide hunger relief.

Don't wait to buy your tickets. Gallaugher said there are only a limited number of tickets available. Call 973-697-1701 ext. 7232 to purchase tickets in advance.