Campus Community to Fill Empty Bowls in February

Lincoln Food Bank Director Scott Young Speaks with NWU Art Student in Ceramics StudioNebraska Wesleyan University will host its second Empty Bowls fundraiser luncheon on Saturday, February 27 from 12-3 p.m. in the student center dining hall. Funds will support the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack Program, which sends identified low income children home from school on Fridays with backpacks full of a weekend’s worth of healthy food for their entire families.

Local artists and students are making hundreds of ceramic bowls for the event. Attendees will select a bowl for a soup lunch together, and then keep the bowl as a reminder of the ongoing fight against hunger in our communities.

Well over 400 people attended last year’s lunch, raising more than $7,000 for the cause.

Tickets for the February 27 event will be available in mid-January through Nebraska Wesleyan’s Career and Counseling Center and the Heartland Pantry at 48th and Leighton in Lincoln. Tickets are $15. Donations are also accepted. People interested in making a bowl or learning more about the event may contact Associate Professor of Art Lisa Lockman at 402.465.2228 or

The bowls will be on display through February in Elder Gallery at the Rogers Center for Fine Art.