One in four households in Navajo County and one in three households in Apache County are considered food insecure. Feeding America® estimates more than 46,500 people in these two counties fall below the 185 percent poverty level for SNAP and other nutrition program eligibility. To help raise awareness of food insecurity in our communities, Northland Pioneer College’s Fine Arts Department is hosting two Make-a-Thons to handcraft bowls to be used for an Empty Bowls Community Event on Friday, Nov. 18.
“No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome to help create bowls for the event,” said Magda Gluszek, a well-known ceramicist and NPC art faculty. The Make-a-Thons will be on Friday, Sept. 9 and 23, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the NPC Show Low campus, in the Aspen Center, room 104.
“Empty Bowls is an international nonprofit grassroots effort by ceramicists and educators, working with the community, to create handcrafted bowls as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity in our communities,” Gluszek explained. “The bowls created during our ‘Make-a-Thons’ will be used to serve a simple meal of soup and bread during our Empty Bowls Community Event.”
For a donation of $10 at the Empty Bowls Community Event, you’ll receive one of the handcrafted bowls filled with soup from Persnikkity’s in Show Low and portion of bread from Karen’s Country Bake Shop. All proceeds go to The Love Kitchen in Pinetop to aid in the fight against hunger. Last year’s inaugural event raised $2,040 for the Love Kitchen. The Community Event will be in NPC’s Aspen Center, room 103, on Friday, Nov. 18, from 11 am to 3 pm, or until the soup and bread run out.
Food insecurity is defined as lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
For more information about the Empty Bowls project, contact Magda Gluszek at 532-6176.