Annual "Bowls For Backpacks" Event to Raise Money for Area's Hungry Children

Note: Online tickets sales for the 2012 Bowls for Backpacks have ended. Tickets will be available at the door on Sunday.

Each Friday 3,230 children in southeast Nebraska grab a food-filled backpack as they head home for the weekend.

These children — who typically don’t know where their next meal will come from — depend on these backpacks provided by the Food Bank of Lincoln. They look forward to sharing Ramen noodles, fruit, soup and peanut butter with their families.

But 3,230 food-filled backpacks do not meet the need in southeast Nebraska. There are many more hungry children to feed. According to the Food Bank of Lincoln, one in five children do not know where their next meal will come from.

Nebraska Wesleyan University hopes an upcoming event will help feed more hungry children.

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Tickets Available Now For Sunday, February 26 Event

On Sunday, February 26, Nebraska Wesleyan University will host Bowls For Backpacks: An Empty Bowls Event. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack Program.

The event will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Story Student Center on the NWU campus. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nebrwesleyan.edu/emptybowls. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.

Guests attending the event will have their choice from nearly 700 homemade ceramic bowls crafted by Lincoln area school students, college students, NWU alumni, civic organizations, teachers and trauma patients.

Tickets for Bowls For Backpacks are $15, which includes soup, bread, drink and a ceramic bowl of choice. Over the past three years, Nebraska Wesleyan’s Bowls For Backpacks event has raised more than $20,000 for the BackPack Program. Musical entertainment will be provided by the faculty/staff band "Release Time."

Sneak Peek of Bowls

Catch a sneak peek of the available bowls February 21-24 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Story Student Center, lower level, Prairie Wolf A.

In addition to the handmade soup bowls, several large ceramic centerpiece bowls will be available for purchase.

Parking Available

Parking for Bowls for Backpacks will be available at 50th Street and St. Paul Ave., across from the NWU campus and First United Methodist Church.

For questions, call 402.465.2387.

Soup varieties

Bowls for Backpacks will offer three varieties of soup: chicken tortilla, potato leak, and beef noodle.

Vegetarian option

We just wondered if there would be a vegetarian option for one of the soups?

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NWU students glaze centerpiece bowls in preparation for the 4th annual Bowls for Backpacks fundraiser.
All proceeds from Bowls For Backpacks goes to the Food Bank of Lincoln's BackPack Program.
NWU art professor Lisa Lockman leads the Bowls For Backpacks fundraiser.
A student at the 2011 event looks over the more than 500 bowls prepared for the event.
Event attendees have their ceramic bowls washed before they fill them with soup.
A $15 ticket includes soup, bread, drink and a ceramic bowl of choice.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.