MARQUETTE — A grassroots initiative designed to help fight hunger made its way to Marquette Alternative High School this morning.
High schoolers teamed up with Marquette Ending Hunger and the Ceramics Collective — both NMU student organizations — to bring the Empty Bowls soup luncheon back for another year. The empty bowls in question are hand–made by Marquette area students, all to help raise awareness about and money for hunger in the area.
“When people come in, they pay their eight, ten, or fifteen dollars, they pick out a beautiful ceramic bowl,” said Marquette Alternative High School teacher Joy Bender Hadley. “We’ve got soup from all different businesses.”
“The most exciting part, I think, is seeing how happy people are at this event and at this luncheon and learning about hunger in the community,” said Rory Conn, President of Marquette Ending Hunger. “They love getting bowls. They love sitting and talking with the Marquette Alternative High School students and hearing their experiences with hunger.”
Numerous volunteers, including some who have been in situations of hunger in the past, helped serve up the hot soup to visitors. Proceeds from the event are given to various local organizations to help alleviate hunger around community.