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TLU To Host Third Annual Empty Bowls Benefit Sunday, Nov. 3

Texas Lutheran University will host the third annual Empty Bowls event, an international project to fight hunger, on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson Park Student Activities Center on TLU’s campus. The 2012 event raised more than $9,000, doubling the first-year total and allowing TLU to host monthly mobile pantries that have since supplied 100,000 pounds of food to families in Guadalupe County.

More than 900 handmade ceramic bowls, courtesy of McQueeney Pottery by Walt Glass, will be available for $15 in exchange for a bowl of soup from local restaurants and TLU student organizations. A portion of the proceeds will go to the San Antonio Food Bank which supports 16 counties including Guadalupe County.

The SAFB participates as part of its mission to fight hunger in southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy. Serving as a large food distribution center, the SAFB provides items, including fresh produce and meats, to local organizations, as well as mobile pantries. A portion of the proceeds from Empty Bowls will be used to sustain TLU’s monthly mobile pantries to directly benefit the children of Seguin Independent School District. TLU partners with SISD to determine families with the greatest need through a voucher system.

“Seguin ISD's collaboration with TLU's mobile pantry project helps feed roughly 200 families each month,” said SISD Student Support Coordinator Teresa Cuevas. “Students and families are nominated by the District Homeless Liaison and school guidance counselors to receive the vouchers. Unfortunately, hunger is still an issue for many Seguin ISD families; however, with the support offered by the mobile pantry, we are helping conquer hunger one family at a time.”

Empty Bowls was started in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 1990 by John Hartom, a high school art teacher, to get students and artists involved in their community. In the original event, Hartom had his students create ceramic bowls that he later filled with soup donated by local restaurants. They invited community members to come and eat “a simple meal of soup and bread,” and for a small donation take home a beautiful, hand-crafted bowl, reminding them of the millions of people whose bowls are empty every day.

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