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Milwaukee's own super bowl coming this October

Food, Love and Policy By Unknown #2 on August 17, 2009
No, we're not talking football. The bowl in question here is the 11th annual Empty Bowls event; the nation's largest fund-raiser of its kind. Bring a $20 bill with you, and you'll enjoy free entertainment, a handmade ceramic bowl, some delicious soup and bread made by local restaurant chefs, and a warm fuzzy from the knowledge that you've just helped feed the hungry. Then you get to take your bowl home with you to enjoy. Better than a touchdown, any day. Okay, some might debate that, but still... it's good stuff.

Since 1999, the Empty Bowls fundraiser has donated more than $290,000 to food banks and pantries in the Milwaukee area. More than 95% of the funds raised during this perennially popular event go to aid the hungry in our community.

Guests have their choice from a collection of more than 2,000 ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artists, teachers and students. Soups prepared by more than 50 local chefs are served with bread and other refreshments. Some of the area's top artists entertain guests throughout the day.

This year's event is being held Saturday, October 10th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at MATC's Oak Creek campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave. This year's six recipients are: Bay View Community Center, The Gathering of Southeast WI, Inc., Hope House of Milwaukee, Inc., Repairers of the Breach, St. Ben's Community Meal, and St. Catherine's Food Pantry.

Empty Bowls requests a minimum donation of $20 per bowl ($10 for bowls made by children). There is a limit of four bowls per person.

The bowls taken home serve as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our community. Over the fundraiser's 10-year history, more than 18,000 bowls have been taken home. For more information about the event, go to www.milwaukeeemptybowls.org.


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