Students bring creative compassion to Empty Bowls

Students bring creative compassion to Empty Bowls
February 24, 2012 Betsy Stone

When River City Food Bank started its Empty Bowls fundraiser nine years ago, Cheryl Chamber, the event’s bowl coordinator, had to scramble a bit to make sure there would be more than enough bowls for people to take home as a reminder of hunger in our community.

No more. More than 30 schools, groups and individuals are boxing up hundreds of bowls for attendees to select at the event on March 5 and 6. (Make sure you get your tickets soon here.)

But no one source has created more bowls for the event than art teacher Robert Boriskin’s students at Christian Brothers High School. Over the past six years, C.B. students have created and donated more than 1,000 bowls. And that’s not counting this year’s expected donation of 300 bowls.

Check out KCRA’s coverage of this morning’s bright-and-early bowl-a-thon, at which students continued to complete bowls, just in time for the big event March 5 and 6 at the Convention Center.

Students say they’re inspired by the chance to create something that will be sold to raise money for people who are hungry, especially children. From the looks of it, however, students follow many muses. Their creations include the serious and the whimsical, abstract and realistic designs, themes from popular culture and statements about personal identity.

What they all have in common is heart.

Besides bowls created by C.B. students, this year’s event will feature bowls made from a variety of materials by professionals and talented amateurs: ceramic, porcelain, glass, wood and metal. We’ll be posting photos of some of the fun bowls that will be available at the event on our Facebook page. Like us and see! (Lots more photos of this morning’s bowl-a-thon are on our Facebook page, too.)

We’re still recruiting for more sponsors to help achieve our fundraising goal for this year. Learn more about sponsorship options here. You can purchase sponsorships online or contact us: .

The child poverty rate has increased for the fourth year in a row, and 44% of children now live in low income families. Help River City Food Bank ensure that kids have access to healthy foods so that they can grow, learn and thrive.