Community Service continues tradition of Empty Bowl


Senior Alec Austin molds a ceramic bowl.

In order to raise money for Evanston soup kitchens, ETHS will hold the annual Empty Bowl event on Dec. 10 in N112.

“There is a lot of poverty and a lot of hungry people in Evanston,” said Community Service Club sponsor Mary Collins. “Students at ETHS know that, and they want to do something about it; this is a great way to do something about it.”

At the event, students can buy a bowl for ten dollars and get a free lunch, or they can buy a lunch for five dollars. Choices for lunch include chili, soup, bread, bagels, cookies, fruit, carrots, lemonade, and water. All money raised during the event will go directly to soup kitchens and food pantries in Evanston.

Many local soup kitchens and food pantries will participate in the event, including Hillside Food Pantry, Interfaith Action Network, A Just Harvest, and Soup at Six. In addition, several local businesses, organizations, and people will be donating to the event, including Great Harvest, Panera, ETHS nutrition services, many different artists, the Midwest Clay Guild, the Evanston Arts Center, and ETHS students and faculty, as well as local parents.

Empty Bowl is an annual event organized by the Community Service Club, culinary students and teachers, and ceramics students and teachers.


“Students can always find information about how they can get involved in soup kitchens in the community service office in the Hub or on the community service office’s website,” said Collins. “In addition, the students who are organizing the event will be putting posters up, and at the event itself, we will have different soup kitchens and food pantries at tables with information about how to get involved in their organization.”