LOGAN – Want to help the hungry in Cache Valley? Purchase a bowl of soup on Thursday, March 29, at Utah State University. You’ll keep the hand-crafted bowl in which your meal is served and proceeds from your lunch will go toward the Cache Community Food Pantry’s building fund. It’s a simple premise that’s being repeated throughout the world as part of the grassroots “Empty Bowls” project and USU is joining the movement. “When we heard about ‘Empty Bowls,’ it seemed like the perfect fit for us,” says Megan Schwender, a member of USU’s College of Natural Resources Graduate Student Council. “Like most students, we don’t have a lot of time and money, but this is a project we can do together, have fun and make a difference.” Having a bowl to take home with you is a significant part of the movement, Schwender says. “The idea is each time you take that bowl from your cupboard, you’ll think about what you can do to help the hungry in your community,” says the graduate student in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources. “The luncheon feeds you for a day, but the memory stays in your mind and, hopefully, sparks continued action.” The council teamed with the USU Ceramics Guild, the CNR Dean’s Office and USU’s Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources to stage USU’s first Empty Bowls Luncheon. “The USU Ceramics Guild immediately stepped up and we have a great collection of bowls,” Schwender says. “We took our idea to local restaurants and businesses and the response has been wonderful.” Sponsors providing food and support for the meal, which will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building atrium, include Caffé Ibis, Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread, Elements, Firehouse Pizzeria, Great Harvest Bread Company, The Image Foundry, Jack’s Wood-Fired Oven, Juniper Take-out, Old Grist Mill and USU Catering. Lunches range from $8-10 and vegetarian options will be available. Established in 1993, the Cache Community Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-governmental organization that currently serves an average of 480 Cache Valley families each month. The pantry announced a building renovation campaign earlier this year to raise $850,000. The planned renovation will double the center’s storage capacity and improve handicapped accessibility. For more information about the luncheon, visit the Empty Bowls@USU event page on Facebook.
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