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Chili and Soup Cook-off/Fundraising Event Raises Money, Awareness

  • By: Victoria Lawson
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Students at Empty Bowls

An event at Taylor University on Wednesday evening is designed to create awareness of, and financial help for those struggling with hunger in the State of Indiana.

Empty Bowls is a partnership between Taylor World Outreach (TWO) and Taylor’s Art Department and gives members of the Taylor community to purchase handmade bowls and homemade soups and chilis On November 13, in Alspaugh East and West at the Hodson Dining Commons, Taylor students, faculty and staff will partner with the community, Taylor World Outreach (TWO) and Taylor University’s Art Department to raise funds and awareness for hunger issues in Indiana. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 pm, but students begin lining up around 5 pm.

Empty Bowls begins with participants lining up to purchase handmade ceramic bowls before the chili and soup tastings. Each bowl is unique and in high demand, as students line up in advance to ensure there are plenty of choices left. All proceeds from purchasing the bowls and the meal go to the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. A bowl is $6, soup is $2, and both a bowl and soup is $7.

Following the tastings, the evening will include an informational presentation on hunger issues facing Indiana—particularly discussing cycles of poverty and “food deserts,” locations where people have limited access to fresh produce or healthy food options.