Fundraiser feeds hungry in Casa Grande and Pinal County

March 4, 2013 by  

For the bargain price of $10, people were able to purchase hand-thrown ceramic glazed bowls on a recent Tuesday at Central arizona College, just 10 miles outside of Casa Grande, as part of the school’s yearly Empty Bowls fundraiser.

In addition to a lovely, handmade bowl, the $10 purchase price gave the buyer the option of filling the bowl with minestrone soup or taco soup. Proceeds from the bowls were donated to food banks in Western Pinal county.

The fundraiser was a joint effort by students and professionals. The ceramic bowls were created by students at the college and by professional artists, using 500 pounds of clay donated by Phoenix‘s Marjon Ceramics. The college’s Art Club and Culinary Arts Club donated the ingredients for the two soups. Students in culinary arts at the college prepared the soup, which was served by students in catering, dining, and beverage classes.

The Empty Bowls fundraiser was started in 2003 and was inspired by a similar event held at Mesa Community College. News of the event spread by word-of-mouth, but it has grown considerably over the past decade. During the first five years of the fundraiser, about 100 bowls were sold each year. Last year, the fundraiser sold 400 bowls.

Case Grande flyer printing can help get the word out about future fundraisers and increase the number of donations received. Since the Empty Bowls program began, it has raised more than $20,000 total. The donations received this year were distributed to Casa Grande Food Bank, The Warehouse Food Pantry, and St. Vincent de Paul food bank.