Empty Bowls Program

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many Central Ohioans are looking for ways to help families in need, and some very interesting help starts happening this Saturday.

The Columbus Recreation & Parks Empty Bowls program is a great way for families to help out.

The international program, which locally benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, brings together artists and volunteers who want to alleviate hunger.

In Columbus, park staff, students and volunteers spend weeks making bowls that are given to people who make a donation to the food bank during an "Empty Bowls" event. Organizations around the city host lunches and suppers where they display the bowls and serve soup. For a minimum donation of $10, the public can attend the event, enjoy a bowl of soup and choose a bowl to take home as a reminder of all the "empty bowls" around the world.

Area churches and other organizations will begin hosting events Saturday, Nov. 12. For more details, visit http://parks.columbus.gov/EmptyBowls.aspx.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton