The 14th annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled for Friday, March 23.
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.
Additional donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit Hope Haven in DeKalb.
“Hope Haven is a homeless shelter that offers food, shelter, programs and supportive services to hundreds of unfortunate people in our community,” said Dawn Herbig of Lake in the Hills, a post-baccalaureate senior nutrition and dietetics major and liaison to the NIU Student Dietetic Association.
“As homelessness is on the rise, more funding is necessary to run the shelter and offer support to those in need. Every donation helps.”
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.
Further operational support is coming from FCNS student organization Bread for the World. Meanwhile, Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill., is supplying more ceramic bowls.
For reservations or more information, call Claudia Kovach at (708) 567-1855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.