OCC Students Unite to Fight Hunger

Oakland Community College Community invites the pubImagelic to take part in its Empty Bowls event, with proceeds benefiting Gleaner’s Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Founded in 1990, Empty Bowls has become an international grassroots project to raise funds for local food shelves.

Empty Bowls was created by a Michigan art teacher looking for a way for his students to help fight hunger in the immediate community. Since then, the Empty Bowls Project has become an international initiative.

The ceramics and culinary students are hosting an Empty Bowls event from 11:15 to 1 p.m., Dec. 3 and 4 at the Ridgewood Café, on the third floor of the J Building of the Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

“Our students are always very enthusiastic about participating in this event,” Gail Piepenburg, a member of the ceramics faculty at the college’s Orchard Ridge campus. “They recognize and value the importance of community and look forward to using their talents and skills in art to give to those who need help.”

Ceramic bowls are crafted and donated by ceramic art students. Guests choose a bowl and are served a bowl of delicious homemade soup and bread. Everyone keeps their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in their own community and throughout the world. Donation of $10 – $20 includes soup and a handmade ceramic bowl of your choice. Last year, students served Garden Tomato Basil and Chicken Wild Mushroom Barley.

“One in eight Americans struggles with good insecurity each day,” Piepenburg added. “Millions have lost jobs and with cuts on food stamp programs, it is our duty to help our brothers and sisters who struggle with hunger.”

Last year, Gleaners distributed 41 million pounds of emergency food to more than 550 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. We alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of more than 100,000 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need. For information, call 248-522-3591 or email Gail Piepenburg at gmpiepen@oaklandcc.edu.

Written by Margarita Bauza Wagerson. For story ideas or feedback, email mbwagers@oaklandcc.edu.

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