The Hoosick Falls Central School’s (HFCS) Art Department has been busy making unique ceramic bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser Event. The event supports the HACA (Hoosick Area Church Association) Food Pantry and will be held on Thursday, March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the HAYC3 Armory.
Empty Bowls is a tradition for the area. This year, the creative skills of the HFCS’s art students will be joined by the culinary art of soup makers from Brown’s Brewing Company, St. Mary’s Academy, and HFCS. Last year’s event raised $1,200 to help the HACA Food Pantry provide balanced, nutritious meals for families in the Hoosick area.
For a 10-dollar donation, guests may choose from one of the hundreds of colorful, handmade bowls and several tasty soup options. Attendees leave with their beautiful bowl and get to enjoy an evening out with friends while also helping others in the community. Bowls and soup are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so come early for the best selection!
“The students really enjoy being able to use their skills and what they’ve learned in ceramics classes to make a positive difference in their community,” said Desirae Collins, the art teacher at HFCS who spearheads the school’s involvement in Empty Bowls. “As artists, this event allows them to share their artwork and to make a concrete contribution to HACA’s battle against hunger. Going hungry is an issue that quietly affects so many in our school community. I’m proud and they’re proud of what they are able to accomplish by participating in Empty Bowls.”
The Empty Bowls Project began in a single high school in Detroit, Mich., in 1990, as a school luncheon for a local food-drive. A non-profit organization, The Imagine Render Group, was later formed and today, school and community groups hold Empty Bowls events in cities across the United States and in countries around the world. These events have raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations fighting hunger.
HACA is an organization formed through a collaboration of the area’s Christian churches. Their Food Pantry supplied 41,200 meals in 2016, including the hundreds of holiday food boxes it distributes. HACA also offers tax assistance and helps to organize other acts of kindness within the community, such as providing school supplies for local children.
“I love having the support of Hoosick Falls Central School’s students,” said Dianne Hosterman, HACA’s executive director. “This is a fun event that offers them a chance to use their talents to make a positive difference for others. It facilitates a sense of responsibility towards others and lets them experience how good it feels when you help someone.”
In addition, attendees at this year’s event can view a student art show in the HAYC3 Armory Art Gallery and enjoy some local music by the Hoosick Falls Fiddle Club. Tickets will be available at the door or ahead of time from the Immaculate Conception Church.