The fight against hunger starts with “Empty Bowls”

By Danielle Hogan – Arts Editor

Empty Bowls hosted their second community event on Friday April 13 in de Witt Hall. 

Guests were provided food, live entertainment and, for a $10 donation, a person could select a handcrafted ceramic bowl of their choice to take home. The group raised $1,500 to donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton, as efforts to fight hunger. 

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The Lasell Empty Bowls club meets every Wednesday night to make ceramic bowls in preparation of their community event. This year’s event was on April 13 in de Witt Hall. Photo by Danielle Hogan

The club has been meeting every Wednesday night this year. Each week, the group works on creating ceramic bowls, decorating and glazing them vibrant colors. This year-long affair is all preparation for their final event at the end of the semester.  

“The purpose of Empty Bowls is to raise awareness of hunger. The event tonight is specifically to raise money for the food pantry we’re partnering with, which is the Centre Street Food Pantry,” said Empty Bowls Co-President Amanda Mitchell. “It’s reminding people that even though we’re in Newton, there are still people who are in poverty and who need food.” 

The event was attended by a variety of different members of the Lasell community including residential neighbors, alumni, students, faculty, and Lasell Village residents. Sophomore Ally Parabicoli was surprised at the turnout for this year’s event. 

“I think it’s a great way to come together as a community, not just Lasell. I’m noticing there’s a ton of people from out of town, not just students. It’s a good way to come together to support a really good cause,” said Parabicoli. 

Guests who donated also received a raffle ticket with an opportunity to win from a selection of prizes. Raffle prizes included more bowls made by students as well as donations from local businesses. 

Empty Bowls has 10-12 executive members, but all members of the community are welcome create a ceramic bowl and give back to the community. 

“If you can’t give money or food [to the cause], at least you can give your time,” said Mitchell.

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