Feeding one bowl at a time

Tenth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon raises over $1,500 for charity

By Casey Samyn
Campus Life Editor

Silvia Parra de McCarthyWhen 3 p.m. rolled around on Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Student Activities Board (SAB) had raised $1,557.50 between selling bowls and $5 soup and bread combos. All proceeds benefit the Schoolcraft Food Pantry, and most of the bowls made and donated by Schoolcraft ceramics students and instructors were bought.

“I’m really excited that people came out for a good cause and everything. People have been giving me $15 for a $5 bowl and saying that I can just keep it for the donation,” said Jennie Engels, SAB president.

The clay bowls, made out of terracotta, stoneware or porcelain, sat on tables, lining the walls in the Wilson room, adjacent to Henry’s. The prices of the artwork for purchase ranged from $5 to $25.

Schoolcraft student Ben Berger said, “My brother [Samuel Berger, member and future Vice President of the SAB] is actually working today. I came out to support him. The soup is magnificent.”

“A friend of mine who works here told me about it [Empty Bowls]. It was for a good cause,” said Susan Morgan, Livonia resident. “I was really drawn to them artistically.”

Morgan purchased three bowls in support of the cause.

Whether it was buying bowls for practical reasons, the artistic aspects or just to support the food pantry, guests had a variety to choose from.

Melissa Reinert, Northville resident, said, “I liked it for two reasons: one, because it was going to a charity, and two, because I love art.”

Many visitors were happy to see their purchase going towards helping Schoolcraft students and their families.

“I think we did a little bit better than last year,” said Todd Stowell, Director of Student Activities. “Although we had less inventory, sales were brisk. There was a good turnout, and we were really busy early on in the first two hours.”

Engels believed that halfway through the event, at least 100 bowls were sold. All bowls that were not sold at this year’s event will be stored in the food pantry for safe keeping until the next Empty Bowls Luncheon.

Students, faculty, staff and community members contributed to feeding less-fortunate families that benefit from Schoolcraft’s Food Pantry, located in the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech Center. The SAB plans to continue the Empty Bowls Luncheon tradition for years to come.