No Hunger Games: Empty Bowls, Kids Gain By Giving Back
GAINESVILLE - A lot of bowls are empty on dinner tables around North Central Florida. But some schoolkids are in the process of making pot holders that are designed to fill those empty ones. As part of our No Hunger Games series we are showing you how in North Central Florida kids are helping kids.
The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is putting together their annual Empty Bowls event to raise funds for those who are food-insecure. So they need all hands on deck for this big event event-- And that's exactly what they're getting. Even some small hands are taking part in this fundraiser.
These 7 and 8-year-olds are learning how to sew darts and quilt fabric. No-- it's not a home economics class but a project about giving. Parker Bustamante 7-year-old student said, "We could ask Ms. Susie like what we could make, then she'll cut it out in the size and then we like sew it."
Ms. Suzie as her students call her, is susie long-- a teacher at Millhopper Montesorri, who's started a hands-on a class project. Her students are creating pot holders to sell along with the bowls that will be sold at Empty Bowls, an effort to fight hunger in the community.
"I think they understand, we talk a lot about people who might need some help and what it feels like to miss a meal. So we do talk a lot about it, they realize that they are helping people, and so they are happy to do it," Said Long.
Bowls created by potters, crafters and students will be auctioned off at the Empty Bowls event.
Loretta Griffis with the Community Outreach Director at the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, said, "For the price of twenty dollars you get a chicken noodle dinner and you get to choose your own ceramic bowl. You take that home and that is a reminder to you of the hungry people in the area."
Not everyone has access to veggies and fruits. These kids are learning the importance of eating a balanced meal. “Because if they don't eat, they might die and it's important to eat food," Penny Dobbin a 7-year-old student said.
The kids also created the place mats that will be used at the event. "I haven't finished mine yet, but I drew a banana, a tomato and some other things," Charlotte Holtzhower a 7-year-old student said.
The students are selling their pot holders for $15 and donating all the profits to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. Marcia Conwell executive director, of Bread of the Mighty said, “They also do a food drive for us in the summer so we really appreciate Montesorri School and the children that make it possible for some of the others that don't have."
One dollar donated to the food bank creates seven meals. Millhopper Montesorri donated $600 and if you do the math, that's 4,200 meals.
"Like my heart feels really warm about it," said Amelia stern 7-year-old student.
The 3rd annual empty bowls is on May 15th. Doors open at 5pm and the program starts at 6pm. For more info, click here.
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