Title: Huntington, West Virginia Empty Bowls
Location: Huntington, West Virginia
Smith Hall 160
Empty Bowls raises awareness while helping hungry people throughout the region.
HUNTINGON, W.Va. – For some area residents, the idea of going to bed hungry is something they’ve never had to worry about. However, it’s a part of everyday life for thousands in the Tri-State. The Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) is partnering with several local organizations in an effort to raise awareness and help change this trend.
The 7th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place Friday, April 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington. B’nai Sholom Congregation, Christian Associates and two Marshall University student groups, Keramos Potters Guild and Out Loud Creative, are working together to host this event.
B’nai Sholom is an organized Jewish community which began in Huntington 120 years ago. Currently, they are seeking items for the silent auction to be held the day of the event. Lynne Mayer, B’nai Sholom member, said her congregation is a long time supporter of HAFB and is happy to take part in this unique effort. “We are delighted to partner in this year’s Empty Bowls project in raising awareness of needed funds for the Huntington Area Food Bank, which provides a vital and essential service to our community.”
Christian Associates, an area organization of churches, is seeking donations of soup, bread and other food to be served at the event. At this time, they have commitments for more than 70 gallons. Their goal is to “raise” 100 gallons.
Keramos Potters Guild, of the Marshall University Department of Art and Design, and Out Loud Creative, of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, are student-run groups. Keramos is busy creating a variety of bowls to be sold at the event while Out Loud assists with all aspects of advertising and public relations.
According to hunger facts listed on HAFB’s official Web site, approximately 91,000 people in the Tri-State area are struggling to put food on the table. This is a service region of 17 counties. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will be presented to HAFB.
For more information on Empty Bowls contact Jaye Ike at firstname.lastname@example.org.