Community invited to Empty Bowls dinner

Jennifer Mevissen
Community Editor

Upon completing coursework on hunger and poverty, students at the Forest Lake Area Learning Center have decided to partner with Community Helping Hand on a fundraiser.

The youth are spearheading the first-ever Empty Bowls Community Dinner to be served in the cafeteria of the Central Learning Center, 200 SW 4th Street, Forest Lake, on Thursday, April 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The ALC received a grant from Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America for a service-learning project. With the grant, students have been: learning about hunger in the community, organizing food drives, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, and creating ceramic bowls for sale at the event.

“But, we stopped short of doing something about it,” said Amy France, ALC English teacher.

She noted the grant helped to gather a diverse community of youth in the CLC including: ALC, STRIVE, Central Montessori Elementary, and STEP students to take action and make a difference.

Empty Bowls is a charitable event to fight hunger in the community. Community members purchase a simple meal of soup and bread, donated by local restaurants and businesses. The cost is $5 per person at the door.

Ceramic bowls handcrafted by local student artists are also sold at the event for $5 each. All proceeds from the event benefit Community Helping Hand, 408 SW 15th St., Forest Lake.

Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize.