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Empty Bowls, Service Fair join forces April 25

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Empty Bowls logoFor its 15th anniversary, Orono Schools’ Empty Bowls fundraiser will join forces with the K-5 Family Service Night to have an even greater impact on our community.

Both events will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Orono Intermediate School, 685 Old Crystal Bay Rd. N. Dinner will be served in the cafeteria, while the fair will take place next door in the gymnasium.

For $10, participants will enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread and be able to choose a hand-made bowl to take home – all while helping to curb hunger in the community. Most of the bowls have been created by Orono students.

Students and adults will also have an opportunity to custom paint their own porcelain bowl that will be glaze fired for them that evening. The cost is a $15 donation ($40 value).

All proceeds benefit Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners and Maple Plain Food Shelf. To date, the community event has raised more than $60,000 for the two beneficiaries. Their food shelves serve residents of Hamel, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata.

What’s important about a fund-raiser like Empty Bowls is that these food shelves are able to use their buying power to acquire an estimated seven times the amount of food that an individual could get for the same money at the grocery store.

Empty Bowls events occur around the world to draw attention to and help alleviate world hunger. The first event was held in Michigan in 1990 – the idea of a high school art class.