ABOUT EMPTY BOWLS
Empty Bowls was started in 1990 in Michigan by John Harmon and Lisa Blackburn and is a grassroots movement to help end hunger.
Perth Potters and Ceramicists are getting together to help hungry West Australians.
Potters make and donate bowls for sale ($25). The public buy a bowl to keep and get free soup, and bread to eat and take their bowl home.
This is to remind them that there are people in WA who do not have sufficient food for their needs.
Local organisations donate the bread, other goods, and their time while local restaurants donate different varieties of soup.
The initial event was on Sunday, June 19th 2015 from 11am to 2pm at the Christ Church Grammar School refectory.
All the proceeds of EMPTY BOWLS PERTH go to FOODBANK - the major organisation in WA doing work in this area. They collect cash and food for distribution to many organisations who do the actual feeding. This includes schools, street soup kitchens, etc – wherever there is a need.
Foodbank report that the number of children attending school without breakfast and with no food for the day is increasing. Children aged from 5 to 11 are most at risk and that hunger changes their ability to learn and their growth.
Last year 432 schools took part in the free breakfast program and their Fruit Van is also in high demand.
Foodbank has just moved to a wonderful new distribution centre at Perth Airport with a commercial kitchen and warehousing facilities. However demand for their services is increasing.
The event aims to raise as much money as possible for Western Australia’s hungry, increase awareness of hunger issues and improve the profile of pottery and ceramics.