Bowls For Backpacks Event to Raise Money to Feed Lincoln's Hungry Children

Eighty-seven hundred children live below the poverty line in Lancaster County.

Nebraska Wesleyan University is hoping an upcoming event will be one more step to feeding Lincoln’s hungry children and families.

On Saturday, February 27, Nebraska Wesleyan University will host Bowls For Backpacks: An Empty Bowls Event. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack Program, which sends backpacks filled with food home with students on Fridays to ensure they don’t go hungry over the weekend.

Guests attending the event will have their choice of nearly 500 homemade ceramic bowls crafted by Lincoln area school students, after-school program participants, college students, civic organizations, teachers and trauma patients.

Tickets for Bowls For Backpacks are $15 and will purchase soup, bread, drink and a ceramic bowl. Last year’s inaugural event was attended by 400 people and raised nearly $7,000 for the Food Bank of Lincoln.

The BackPack Program began in 2004 at Clinton Elementary School. The program grew from providing dozens of backpacks to hungry children to 2,000 backpacks that are being distributed to area public and parochial schools this year.

It costs $200 to feed one student for an entire school year. Last year’s NWU event raised enough money to feed nearly 35 additional elementary students. But the need is far greater and this year’s Bowls For Backpacks event hopes to fill a few more empty stomachs.

Bowls For Backpacks: An Empty Bowls Event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Story Student Center dining hall on the NWU campus. Tickets will be available January 27 by calling 402.465.7556 or email emptybowls@nebrwesleyan.edu. Tickets can also be purchased at Heartland Pantry located at 48th Street and Leighton Ave.

The handmade bowls will be on display at Elder Gallery February 2-24. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. The bowl display is free and open to the public. Elder Gallery is located in the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

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