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Take a Stand Against Hunger

Make a difference in the fight against hunger – and get ahead on your holiday shopping – during Oakton’s 10th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, Saturday, December 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Professional and student potters from the Chicago area have contributed hundreds of unique bowls to this annual benefit. In 2012, this charitable program at Oakton sold more than 1,400 bowls and raised nearly $30,000 for local food pantries. Since its inception in 2004, Empty Bowls at Oakton has raised $153,000 for local food pantries.

This year, Empty Bowls at Oakton will support these local agencies:

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston
  • Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry
  • New Trier Township Food Pantry
  • Niles Township Food Pantry
  • Northfield Township
  • Self-Help Closet and Pantry of Des Plaines
Sponsored by the Ceramics Club at Oakton, and supported by the College’s Student Government Association, Empty Bowls is a nonprofit, global movement that has raised millions of dollars for food banks, soup kitchens, and other meal programs. 

For a donation of $14, participants select a distinctive handcrafted bowl and eat a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder that “someone’s bowl is always empty.” The event includes a raffle drawing for ceramic art work, as well as larger art pieces. Entertainment will be provided by Patchouli, an acoustic duo whose songs about harmony and healing inspire the human spirit.



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