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March 16, 2010

Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit Hope Haven shelter

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University students have a way to feed you and the hungry in our community at the same time.

The 12th annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, in the Chandelier Dining Room, 143 Adams Hall. Reservations are recommended for either of the two seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

A donation of $15 buys homemade soup and bread, a beverage and, while supplies last, a ceramic bowl hand-crafted by an NIU art student. A donation of $10 buys food and drink only.

Both seatings feature raffles with prizes that include a 15-piece soup bowl kit, gift baskets and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants. Additional donations are welcome.

All proceeds benefit the Hope Haven shelter in DeKalb.

The menu includes chicken noodle soup, broccoli-cheddar soup, minestrone soup and chunky pizza soup, a tomato-based concoction with cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms. Guests also can munch on a variety of breads. Beverages include coffee, iced tea and water.

“It’s important to give back to the community and raise awareness,” said Hillary Meyer of Sandwich, president of the Student Dietetic Association and a nutrition and dietetics major. “As nutrition students, it’s really important to do our part: Right now, everyone seems to be worrying about the economy and not about starving. People don’t realize malnutrition is a big problem.”

Members of the Student Dietetic Association from the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences (who do the cooking) and the NIU Ceramics Club from the School of Art (who make the bowls) organize the event, an international project that originated in Michigan: http://www.emptybowls.net.

Students from FCNS 406, “Global Food and Nutrition Issues,” also are volunteering at the event.

For reservations or more information, call (815) 753-1543 or visit Wirtz Hall 118.

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Media Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Media Relations and Internal Communications
Phone: (815) 753-9472
Email: mmcgowan@niu.edu