On Monday, art students in Wheaton College’s Advanced Ceramics Class raised more than $3600 for the Interfaith Food Pantry located in Carol Stream’s Outreach Community Center.
The students sold handmade mugs and bowls in the Todd M. Beamer Student Center as part of the Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots initiative that mobilizes potters, craftspeople, and educators to fight hunger. For a cash donation, guests sip coffee or eat a simple meal of soup and bread, and keep the mug or bowl as a reminder of members in the community who face hunger and food insecurity. All proceeds are given to a local organization.
The Starbucks located in downtown Glen Ellyn donated coffee for the Empty Bowls Project, and soup was donated by Bon Appetit, the restaurant management company that provides food services to the campus. Students in ceramics classes from Waubonsee Community College and College of DuPage donated mugs and bowls from their programs to the project.
The Interfaith Food Pantry serves the Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton, Carol Stream and Glen Ellyn areas and provides about a week’s worth of food, including laundry powder, diapers, two pounds of meat, bread and fresh vegetables and fruit to more than 350 families a month. Treasurer Jim Householter said the donation will allow the pantry to provide food to its clients for a month.
This is the second year students in Wheaton’s Art Department have participated in the Empty Bowls Project. In 2009, they raised $1700 for the Interfaith Food Pantry.