Brewer art students serve up Empty Bowl dinner Wednesday

Posted April 26, 2011, at 10:51 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — The ceramic bowls are handmade by students and filled with soup to symbolize “soup kitchens” that serve meals to those less fortunate, and any funds raised by Wednesday night’s public dinner at Brewer High School will benefit the local food cupboard.

“You get soup, bread, dessert and you get to take the bowl home,” Lori Spruce, Brewer high art teacher, said Tuesday.

The fourth annual Empty Bowl fundraising dinner will be served between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Brewer High art students of Spruce and Randy Menninghaus created the bowls for the fundraiser, which will benefit the Brewer Christian Food Cupboard.

“We have between 100 and 125 bowls,” Spruce said. “They are ceramic bowls our students made. They make a bowl for themselves, and make a bowl to donate to Empty Bowls.”

The art students also have made posters advertising the dinner, she said.

Kitchen staff members at the high school are making soup for the dinner, as is former teacher Ellen Fisher, who is a volunteer for the local food pantry.

“We may have five different kinds of soup,” Spruce said.

Bangor Rye is donating bread, Rooster Brother in Ellsworth is donating coffee and the local Hannaford grocery store has provided cups for the benefit dinner, she said.

“The suggested donation is $6, but we’ll take anything,” Spruce said. “Last year, we raised $800 for the Brewer food cupboard, so that was great.”

Brewer Christian Food Cupboard is designated as The Emergency Food Assistance Program for the Brewer area and serves residents of the city and of Dedham, Eddington, Holden and Orrington.

Spruce invited the public to attend the dinner, share some fellowship with other community members, and give to the those in need. The best part is attendees also get a handmade bowl to take home.

“We’ve got some wonderful bowls,” Spruce said.

Any questions should be directed to Lori Spruce at Brewer High School at 989-4140 or by email, lspruce@breweredu.org.

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