TLU presents the San Antonio Food Bank a $10,000 check from funds raised at the third annual Empty Bowls event. Back Row (L to R): Adjunct Professor of Ceramics Walt Glass, Cassandra Shahan '13 and San Antonio Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper. Front Row (L to R): TLU Digital Media Strategist Jenni Morin, TLU Senior Staff Writer Ashlie McEachern '08 and TLU Vice President of Marketing Sarah Story.
TLU Empty Bowls Event Nets $10,000 for San Antonio Food Bank Mobile Pantry Program
Texas Lutheran University (TLU) presented a $10,000 check to the San Antonio Food Bank today, officially announcing the total raised from its November Empty Bowls event. The third annual Empty Bowls featured hundreds of hand-made, ceramic bowls by Walt Glass, adjunct ceramics professor and owner of McQueeney Pottery. The proceeds will continue to fund monthly mobile pantry trucks hosted on the TLU campus.
To date, TLU has handed out more than 120,000 pounds of food to families and children in Guadalupe County. Every mobile pantry provides enough food items for 200 to 250 people, including fresh produce and meat. Each month, the truck sets up on the TLU campus and volunteers from various student groups, as well as faculty and staff, help distribute food. TLU specifically focuses its efforts on feeding children in Seguin Independent School District. With more than 80 percent of children in the district on free and reduced lunches, the demand for food, especially healthy food items, is significant. TLU’s marketing department works directly with a Seguin ISD social worker to provide vouchers to the children and their families who are most in need.
“The partnership with TLU and the San Antonio Food Bank is indicative of TLU's commitment to serve the community while engaging the student body,” said SAFB Chief Development Officer Michael Guerra. “Each month in Seguin, hundreds of families receive 50 to 60 pounds of fresh produce and other healthy items because of a commitment on the part of TLU that is both bold and inspiring."
Perishable foods like fruit and vegetables, said Guerra, are often the last choice for families with little to no money for food.
“Bringing a mobile pantry to TLU and Guadalupe County allows these families to receive fruit, vegetables, dairy and frozen meats at no cost,” said Guerra. “The TLU community should be very proud of this great effort.
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.