On the chilly evening of February 6, 2014, local artists, service organizations, businesses, and community members came together to enjoy a hot bowl of soup and raise money for two deserving food banks, the Brecksville Food Pantry and South Hills Lend a Hand. This event, known as Empty Bowls and created by The Imagine Render Group and “is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger” (www.emptybowls.net). A simple meal of bread, salad and soup which was donated by 10 local restaurants was served. The manager of the Zoup in Independence even offered extra help serving the meal. Attendees then took home ceramic or wooden bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The bowls were created by artists from the Brecksville Broadview Heights High School, the Brecksville Center for the Arts, and the North Coast Wood Turners Club.
The Empty Bowls event was led by the Brecksville Kiwanis and the Broadview Heights Lions Club. These two organizations also received support from the BBHHS Key Club, the Royalton Hills Lions, and the Independence Kiwanis. Approximately $6000 was raised as a result of this event, which included a silent auction of select ceramic bowls and a generous donation from the Girl Scouts who handed out desserts and collected donations. The money raised will truly help to benefit the hungry in these communities.
"Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity"
If you would like to help participate next year please contact Lion Kevin Krcmar at firstname.lastname@example.org .