Feeding the hungry with Empty Bowls


By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

The 17th annual Empty Bowls project highlights the November calendar of the Columbus  Recreation and Parks department.

Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger. Locally, people can participate by patronizing a host center to enjoy a potpourri of homemade soup and specialty bread for $10 and choose a bowl made by ceramics students in recreation centers operated by the Recreation and Parks department. All proceeds from the effort go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

In the past 16 years, The Empty Bowls effort has donated more than $193,000 to the food bank.

Five locations, two of them on the westside, will offer their soup as part of the Main Event on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Westside locations that day are the Hillcrest Baptist Church at 2480 W. Broad St., and Parkview United Methodist Church at 344 S. Algonquin. Other locations that day are the CAIR at Global Gallery at 3535 N. High St.; St. Luke Lutheran Church at 4456 Morse Road and Woodward Park Recreation Center at 5147 Karl Road.

Other locations throughout the month of November and early December include:
•Friday, Nov. 6 at the Gillie 50 + Center, 2100 Morse Road, 10 a.m.to1 p.m.
•Tuesday, Nov. 10, Altercare of Canal Winchester, 6725 Thrush Blvd., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•Wednesday, Nov. 11, Martin Janis Center, 600 E. 11th Ave., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
•Friday, Nov. 13, Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Sunday, Nov. 15, North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Eastminister Presbyterian Church, 3100 E. Broad St., noon to 2p.m.
•Tuesday, Nov. 17, Serving with Honor, OSU Kuhn Honors and Scholar House, 220 W., 12th Ave., 5 p.m. to  7 p.m.
•Friday, Dec. 4, Grand Illumination at Bicentennial Park, 5:30 p.m.
•Thursday, Dec. 10, Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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