Fundraiser will help feed those in need


Many hand-made ceramic bowls have already been created, and many more will be needed for the 2019 Empty Bowls fundraiser that will be held in Marquette Friday, March 15. Proceeds from the event support organizations that provide food to area residents in need. (Katherine Larson photo)


By Katherine Larson
Food insecurity—the lack of reliable access to food—plagues nearly one out of seven people in Marquette County, according to 2016 data from Feeding America. For Marquette County children, the rate is even higher: nearly one in six. That’s nearly 9,000 people, almost 2,000 of them children, who aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from. And fully a third of these children are not even eligible for federal nutrition assistance.
Several area organizations try to help, and an eager group of area artists partners with them to lend a hand.
The artists are members of NMU’s Ceramics Collective and the members of the community with whom they work to create the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, this year scheduled for Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Marquette Alternative High School, 1175 Erie Street. All are invited and welcome to arrive whenever is convenient within that time span.
Empty Bowls will offer an array of hundreds of handmade pottery bowls, all glazed and functional and dishwasher-safe. Visitors pick a bowl, fill it with a hearty soup, enjoy the soup with bread, then bring their bowl home to keep. The cost is $8 for children, $10 for students, and $15 for general admission. In addition, visitors are encouraged to bid on items available through a silent auction. All proceeds will go to local organizations that help Marquette County people in need…

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