Nebraska Wesleyan Volunteers Offer Extra Helping

NWU art students joined the community-wide effort to make hundreds of bowls for the February anti-hunger event.

On February 26, Nebraska Wesleyan University hosted its fourth annual “Bowls for Backpacks” fundraiser luncheon benefiting the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack Program.NWU art students joined the community-wide effort to make hundreds of bowls for the February anti-hunger event.

The BackPack Program sends low-income children home from school on Fridays with a backpack filled with a weekend’s worth of food for the entire family. The program helps ensure that kids arrive back to school on Monday morning well fed and ready to learn. It serves roughly 3,000 families with children attending 30 Lincoln Public Schools, five Lincoln Catholic schools and schools in 39 rural communities throughout southeast Nebraska.

Professor of Art Lisa Lockman coordinates efforts by NWU students and community members to make hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls for the "Bowls for Backpacks" Fundraiser. People then buy tickets to a soup luncheon at the Roy G. Story Student Center where they choose a bowl to keep.

Nearly 700 people attended this year’s event, raising a record $13,500 for the Food Bank of Lincoln. “Soni” posted on nebrwesleyan.edu, “I’m very impressed with how the NWU folks keep this event organized as it GROWS!!!”

And “Nancy” posted, “What a huge success for such a worthy cause! Thanks to Wesleyan students, faculty and staff for always stepping up and really making the public feel welcome at their university. It is easy to see that Wesleyan is truly a united body that shares the qualities of caring, compassion and willingness to work together for the good of others!”