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Empty Bowls project will support Hope Haven

March 14, 2011

Photo of soup, breads and tomatoesThe 13th annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30.

Reservations are recommended for either of the two seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m. in the Chandelier Room, 143 Adams Hall.

The menu includes chicken noodle soup, broccoli-cheddar soup, minestrone soup and chunky pizza soup, a tomato-based concoction with cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms. Guests also can munch on a variety of breads. Beverages include coffee, iced tea and water.

A donation of $15 buys homemade soup and bread, a beverage and, while supplies last, a ceramic bowl hand-crafted by an NIU art student. A donation of $10 buys food and drink only. Both seatings feature raffles with prizes that include gift baskets and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants.

Additional donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit Hope Haven in DeKalb.

“As our winters are getting colder, more unfortunate people within our own community are not able to find a place to stay warm. Hope Haven is a place that not only welcomes whoever knocks on their door but feeds them as well,” said Jessica Hicks of Wauconda, president of the NIU Student Dietetic Association. “Currently, Hope Haven is having a hard time making room for everyone. In order to provide as much as they can, Hope Haven is trying to raise money to make room for 30 more beds. Help us help our community.”

Members of the Student Dietetic Association from the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences (who do the cooking) and the NIU Ceramics Club from the School of Art (who make the bowls) organize the event, an international project that originated in Michigan.

For reservations or more information, call Julie Halatek at (815) 753-1260 or visit