Nearly $4,000 to help feed the hungry locally was raised April 20 at the “Empty Bowls” soup and bread buffet and silent art auction in the Newark High School cafeteria.

Nearly $4,000 to help feed the hungry locally was raised April 20 at the “Empty Bowls” soup and bread buffet and silent art auction in the Newark High School cafeteria.

“Empty Bowls” is a grassroots movement that helps raise money each year to help support food banks and soup kitchens throughout the nation.

The “Empty Bowls” event here will benefit the Newark Food Closet. As in 2010, when the first “Empty Bowls” event was held here, the April 20 soup and bread buffet and silent art auction was the final step in an ambitious and lengthy project in which many students made and painted pottery bowls.
Staff members as well, and even some of their children, painted pre-made pottery bowls to help prepare for the event.

The bowls were selected April 20 by people who purchased tickets with the hope that each would serve as a reminder that others may not be able to afford to put food on their table and in their own bowls.

For the second time since 2010, NHS art teacher Courtney Dentel was the overseer of the fundraising event. She said the district art department’s help was invaluable as well as the participation by students and staff and the generosity of so many individuals and businesses.

“So many people played a role in making this a success again for the Newark Food Closet,’’ she said.
“In so many ways our district and our community came together as one. Money to purchase art materials and other supplies were donated; bowls were made, tickets were purchased, local restaurants generously donated soup, and other businesses and individuals donated various supplies. Students and staff offered their help at the dinner. The Newark Art Department is very grateful for all the effort put forth and we are very proud of all of our students who were involved. They worked so hard making about 440 bowls and helping with setting up for the dinner. I hope, through this process, they have learned a little bit about compassion for others less fortunate and also how creating a simple piece of art can make a huge difference in our community.”

NHS Principal Kevin Whitaker agreed.

"This was another wonderful year for the Empty Bowls project. The amount of work that goes into this event behind the scenes is incredible. It is a great honor to be associated with people who are willing to give so much of their time to help others.”