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Oak Creek Campus hosts charity event for hunger

By Ashley Miner, Times Staff Reporter
On October 25, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, in the year of 2012, there was a feed the hungry fundraiser held at the MATC south campus, also known as the Oak Creek Campus. This event, called Empty Bowls started at 10:30 a.m. and went on until 2 p.m. People were standing in an outrageously long line, waiting patiently and even happily to donate to this worthy cause.
You come in, pay your money, pick out however many bowls at $20 a piece ($10 for kids), pick the kind of soup you want and bread if you so choose, eat it, wash it out and get back in line for some more soup and bread if you wish to do so.
The place where you would sit to empty your bowl was in the cafeteria of the Oak Creek Campus. They also had a band playing.
The mission for Milwaukee Empty Bowls, which is a non-profit community center is to serve meals to the community, 14,000 people annually.  
Other recipients were the  Cathedral Center which helps provide breakfast and a bagged lunch everyday. The Fondy Food Center runs the Fondy Farmers Market.
"This is one of the only markets which that accepts food stamps in the local area," says Executive Director Young Kim of Fondy Farmers Market.  
Interchange, which provides healthy, nutritious food to people in the Milwaukee area, but mostly in the downtown and lower east side,  area is also a recipient.
Interchange is a pantry that has set up two different programs for the elderly, but they still serve all people. The Jewish Community Food Pantry is a recipient of the Empty Bowls grant. They are also a part of the Hunger Task Force food pantry and this will be their last year with Empty Bowls. Last but not least is the Milwaukee Christian Center. They are a  multifaceted  organization with many different programs to feed and help low-income persons and families.
Also in the hall was Kara Lundy who works at Murray Hill Pottery. She had a bowl making (known as throwing on the wheel) session going on live. They are one of the biggest ceramic bowl donators for the Empty Bowls event.
Empty Bowls is an all-around good cause that uses art to raise hunger awareness. It is an all-volunteer event and the recipients really benefit and are able to feed their neighboring communities.
The people who come and support Empty Bowls get to leave with their belly full and a token of that is the empty bowl, which is a reminder of all the empty bowls here in Milwaukee.


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