‘Empty Bowls’ fights food insecurity

This year, JJC joined the international fight against hunger by participating in the Empty Bowls project. This is a worldwide initiative to bring hunger awareness to the community, with a motto of “Think Globally, Act Locally.” All proceeds from the annual JJC event helps students dealing with food insecurities, the JJC Micro Pantry, and Student Emergency Fund.
According to the Empty Bowls organization, this project is “a grassroots movement by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food-related charities to care for and feed the hungry in their communities.”
On April 20, the JJC event was listed on the website as sold out, although students and staff could join a waitlist if any spots became available. With just a $10 donation, participants could choose their own unique bowl, handmade by a member of the community, as well as fill it with a meal.
Empty Bowls was made possible with both community and campus efforts. The bowls were made by a variety of hands, including potters in the Fine Arts Department, staff, and community art organizations.
The meal was provided by the Culinary Department, which included soup, bread, and a drink. Students not interested in pottery or cooking could donate or volunteer to serve soup.
The project brings awareness to food insecurity, allows the community to showcase its talent, and assists to feed those in need. The staff, students, and community hope to see the growth of this event in years to come.