Empty Bowls to spotlight local, world hunger

Rob Karwath | North Coast Communications | October 06, 2017

Northwestern students will raise funds, awareness at campus event

OCT. 6, 2017

Empty Bowls to spotlight local, world hunger
Northwestern students will raise funds, awareness at campus event

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Northwestern Health Sciences University students will raise funds and awareness for hunger-prevention efforts at the campus’ second annual Empty Bowls event Sunday Oct. 8 in advance of World Food Day.
The event will provide attendees a lunch of soup and bread donated by local restaurants and served in pottery bowls made and given by local artists. A donation of $20 is suggested for each attendee. Items also will be sold through a silent auction. All funds raised will go to Feed My Starving Children and Second Harvest Heartland, both hunger-prevention nonprofits based in the Twin Cities.
“Our campus community is energized and excited about this event, but we’re also reaching out throughout the Twin Cities to improve understanding about hunger and to prevent hunger locally and worldwide,” said Meghan Spees, a Northwestern student studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine. “Empty Bowls is an opportunity for the community to come together to raise awareness and funds in the effort to help fight food insecurity and hunger around the world.”

This is the second year that Empty Bowls will be held at Northwestern. Activities are planned for the campus courtyard as well as the cafeteria. In addition to food and the silent auction, local musicians will perform. The theme of this year’s event is “Fill your bowl. Fulfill a need.”

World Food Day is a day of action by people from around the world who come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger. It celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on Oct. 16, 1945. World Food Day started in 1979 and has been observed annually in almost every country by millions of people. This year’s World Food Day will be officially celebrated worldwide Oct. 16.
“This event gives us an opportunity to connect with people locally and around the world who are working to fight hunger,” said Carolyn Bott, a Northwestern student studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine. “We have fun at this event, and we know we’re making a difference by raising funds and awareness.”

The Empty Bowls event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Northwestern’s campus, 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington. Attendees can purchase tickets at the door or in advance at nwhealth.edu/emptybowls. Attendees and media wishing to cover the event should enter through Door 3 of the main Northwestern building.

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit nwhealth.edu.

Rob Karwath | North Coast Communications | 218-343-9418 | rob@northcoastcommunications.com

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