Empty Bowls At SPC Fights Hunger In Pinellas County

Empty Bowls Table

The St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus hosted the college’s first Empty Bowls fundraiser on Nov. 12. Volunteers raised more than $3,000 to help RCS Pinellas feed the hungry in Pinellas County.

Empty Bowls brings together artists, educators

Donors enjoyed delicious soup from area eateries and got to pick out a one-of-a-kind bowl to take home with them.

Talented artists from the St. Petersburg College Ceramics Program, the ceramics students from the University of South Florida, Clearwater Catholic High School students, and artists from around Tampa Bay provided thousands of bowls for the fundraiser. Each was a unique and heartfelt creation by some of the best and brightest potters in the bay area.

The arts and education communities have a long history with Empty Bowls fundraisers and the fight against hunger. A Michigan high school teacher created the first Empty Bowls fundraiser. Over the next twenty years, the fundraising effort spread across the country.

The money raised at Saturday’s fundraiser goes directly toward feeding hungry families in Pinellas County. According to RCS Pinellas, the primary demographic they serve in their food pantry are children, ages 5 to 13,  with more than half of the clients they serve are under 18 years of age. The money raised at this Empty Bowls fundraiser will provide more than 3,000 meals for families in need.

St. Petersburg College Fine Arts and Humanities Chair Jonathan Barnes brought together volunteers from Raymond James, the local arts community and SPC students with RCS Pinellas.

During the meal, one volunteer excitedly announced that they had received a $500 donation.

Kim Kirchman, a ceramics and design professor at St. Petersburg College, was very pleased with how the day turned out. “It was a great way to introduce St. Petersburg College, and our artists to the community. Many students receive services from RCS, so this was a great way to give back to the community.”

Learn more about the ceramics program at SPC.

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