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How Empty Bowls Are Helping to Feed the Hungry

October 11, 2018 05:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) - More than 12,000 people struggle with food security in Olmsted County. An issue Channel One Regional Food Bank is raising awareness for with its 14th annual Empty Bowls event.

“People actually get to see how the bowls are made, there’s a big process,” said Carey Shanahan, a potter who owns Earthbound Designs in Rochester.

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She spent all day throwing bowls on a pottery wheel for the Channel One Empty Bowls gala, which raises money to fight hunger.

“I think that people don’t realize how many people are hungry because it’s not something that people like to talk about,” said Virginia Merritt, executive director of Channel One.

She says the food bank in Rochester serves 13,000 people each month.

“You won’t see that many people out on the street with a sign asking for food, but just because people aren’t there actively asking doesn’t mean they aren’t out there struggling,” Merritt explained.

Which is what the Empty Bowls event is all about – making people aware of hunger in Rochester.

“There are over 12,500 people in Olmsted County that struggle with food security and with hunger. What better opportunity to come out and support a cause and help those folks,” said Tim Shea with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

People attending the event can take home a bowl, painted by members of the community.

You'll put it on your desk, or perhaps your shelf and home and just keep that as a reminder of everyone who is not eating a full meal every day," Merritt said.

Carey Shanahan personally donated nearly 60 bowls from her pottery studio.

“It’s a way for myself and my members and my studio to be able to give back to the community,” she said.

 This year, Channel One is hoping to raise an additional $10,000 through 'text to donate'. You can text "FEEDPEOPLE" to 243725 until midnight Thursday. A $1 donation will provide four meals. 

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