Nicolet's 'Empty Bowls' Supports Food Pantries

Aug 12, 2013

A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries.  Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students.  Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl.  Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event.  Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.

“So many of our students and their families are in poverty.  And this sheds light on the situation of poverty in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  It’s a unique event because it also connects to the art community, and people’s love of art.”

Empty Bowls at Nicolet College is part of a national initiative.  Wind Norton says over 100 people attended the event at Nicolet. 

“We were very pleased with the turnout, we sold some of the extra bowls in the week following the event so that helped raise a little bit more money too.”

Wind Norton says potters donated over 200 bowls, and Nicolet College students made the soup.  Six Northwoods food pantries each received about $400.