It was a gathering like many in the community when people gather to share a meal. In most cases, there is an abundance of food.
During the "Empty Bowls Community Event," however, donors got a modest bowl of soup, a small piece of bread and water.
There were no complaints because everyone knew the purpose of the event, hosted by School District 833 Community Education, was to raise money and awareness that many people in the community and the world go hungry every day.
Servers including prominent members of the community and teachers, administrators and school board members.
Patrons were also invited to attend inspirational speeches, from organizations that will benefit from the event such as Cindy Babcock, Feed My Starving Children; Laura Scheidecker, Second Harvest Heartland; Michelle Rageth, Friends in Need Food Shelf; Lydia Kayongo, New Hope for Africa Orphanage; Dick Wolff, Christian Cupboard Food Shelf, and Shartsi and Paul Musherure.
There were pottery demonstrations, and performances by the African Drum Band and Park High School hip hop dancers and the Wolf Riders Step Team.
Patrons also selected handmade bowls, as symbols of purpose of the event, from a large selection made at Woodbury, Park and East Ridge high schools, community education classes and interested contributors.