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‘Empty Bowls’ is something full of promise

Students create ceramic bowls to help raise funds for FISH food bank

The fight against hunger continued this week in the muddy hands of Hood River Middle School students, who are creating distinctive soup bowls to benefit FISH food bank sites across the county.

“They represent hunger,” said eighth-grader Paulina Li. “It’s an empty bowl and you buy (a dinner) and fill it up.”

Known as “Empty Bowl Project” the art and community awareness effort combines the school, Gorge Grown Food Network, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and of course, FISH food bank of Hood River County.

The Empty Bowl dinner will take place Nov. 8 on the final market day for Gorge Grown, 4 to 7 p.m. at Hood River Middle School cafeteria.

Artist Shelley Toon Hight is working with students and their teachers in three different classes to create 100 bowls for people to eat soup from on Nov. 8. The $30 dinner admission goes to the FISH building campaign and attendees get to keep the bowl.

After forming the bowls this week, the students will glaze them in preparation for the dinner.

The FISH board of directors and the organization’s supporters are raising $970,000 for construction of a FISH food bank resource building, to be located at Asbury Lutheran Church on Tucker Road.

It will be a place for people to get food they need, and for anyone in the community to learn about better nutrition and other important health topics.

Right now, FISH provides food at locations in Hood River, Odell, Parkdale and Cascade Locks.

FISH has raised $163,000 through donations from Our Redeemer Lutheran and Asbury Methodist churches, individuals in the community and via donations or grants given to FISH directly. This includes a $75,000 pledge from the Hood River Lions Club.

FISH’s goal is to begin construction in 2013 and open the doors in 2014.

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