The ceramic bowls are expected to cost $10 each or $30 for a four-ticket family package, Kyliegh Love, OHS student and one of the organizers, said in an email. The bowls will be filled with soup, with bread served on the side.
OHS students and community members will be making bowls for the fundraiser, Love said. The event will benefit local food pantries, including Hope House, 304 S. Walnut St., Ottawa, and East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, 1320 S. Ash St., Ottawa, she said.
Empty Bowls started in 1990, when a Michigan high school teacher wanted to help raise money to support a food drive. It evolved into a class at the school making ceramic bowls for a soup-and-bread fundraiser. Participants get to keep the ceramic bowls as a daily reminder of the hunger, or empty bowls, in the world, organizers said.
A silent auction also will take place during the Feb. 21 Empty Bowls event, and the organizers will be helping the OHS chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America collect pop tabs for The Ronald McDonald House charities, Love said.
Persons who would like to make a donation or sponsor a “bountiful bowl” to be included in the silent auction should call the high school at (785) 229-8020.