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Empty bowls fundraiser raises funds to fight hunger

Participants at the Empty Bowls fundraiser, including Congressman Paul Tonko.
Participants at the Empty Bowls fundraiser, including Congressman Paul Tonko.

The Community Outreach Program at the Kenney Community Center recently held an Empty Bowls Project dinner to raise funds to fight hunger.

Organized by the College and Schenectady’s Central Park International Magnet School students hoping to raise awareness about hunger both regionally and further, handcrafted ceramic bowls were meant to serve as symbols to those in attendance of the bowls that remain empty worldwide at mealtimes. The fundraiser yielded just over $2,000.

All who attended the event at Proctor's Theater received a bowl of their choice as well as dinner served by volunteers from the local and college communities.

The dinner prepared by volunteers consisted of soup, bread and chili to represent the meager meal, which is often the only food available in a day for the hungry.

Bombers Burrito Bar of Schenectady, Our Daily Bread of Chatham and the College’s dining services all donated food to the event. Union's Campus Kitchens made and donated brownies.

Students also provided entertainment for the event, with groups from the college such as U-BREAK, the Dutch Pipers and the Garnet Minstrelles.