9th Annual Empty Bowls event raises more than $3,400 for area food banks

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - The Central Arizona College culinary arts program and art club raised more than $3,400 while serving up over 340 bowls of soup during the college's ninth annual Empty Bowls event on Feb. 22 at the college's Signal Peak Campus.

The proceeds from the event will be divided among local food banks such as St. Vincent de Paul and the Casa Grande Food Bank.

Those participating in the event purchased stoneware bowls made by CAC fine art students for $10 and were given the choice of filling those bowls with either minestrone soup or chili made by the college's culinary arts program.

Instead of leaving the bowls for cleaning, participants were given the opportunity to take their bowls home.

Empty Bowls is a worldwide grassroots program that dates back to 1990 in Michigan as an effort to fight hunger.

"The students participate in this event outside of regular class time, making it a true volunteer effort," Chef Carol Bennett, CAC's culinary coordinator/preceptor, said. "Funds for purchasing the soup ingredients come from the Art Club and the Culinary Arts Club. We are thrilled to participate in this event and support the local community."

This marks the ninth consecutive year the event has been held at CAC's Signal Peak Campus.

The entire project is a joint effort between the Central Arizona College Art Club, the institution's culinary arts department, Student Leadership, and Marjon Ceramics, Inc., supplier of the clay used to make the bowls.

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