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Empty Bowls project will support Hope Haven

March 6, 2013

Photo of onion soup and breadThe 15th annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled for Thursday, March 28.

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, vegan minestrone soup and taco twist soup. 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.

“The Student Dietetic Association does this event because it raises awareness for hunger and supports a local homeless shelter. Hope Haven does wonderful things for our community by providing food, shelter and supportive services to members of the community that are in need,” said Brittany Hoffman, president of the NIU Student Dietetic Association.

“Any donations that we can provide will help support this facility. Hunger and homelessness is a growing issue that is sometimes overlooked; raising awareness in our community is one step we can take to help make a difference,” Hoffman added. “We hope diners will get a better sense of what a soup kitchen is like and be more aware of hunger issues.”

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 (815) 922-8533 or email [email protected].