Greenville’s first Empty Bowl Dinner a success

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:45 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Taylor Amos, a student from the core development team, looks at some of the bowls for sale during the Empty Bowl Dinner on Monday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — A dinner designated to helping the hungry had a good turnout for its first in what is planned to be an annual event.

Monday’s Empty Bowl Dinner is a project where elementary through high school students teamed up to help raise money for the local Ecumenical Food Pantry located at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville.

About 350 bowls were made by students in elementary through high school to sell to help raise money for the local food pantry during the Empty Bowl Dinner on Monday. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

“It’s going really good,” said Kathleen McQuillan, elementary art teacher during the dinner Monday night. “We have had a really good turnout.”

Through the project, the students designed and made dinnerware safe ceramic bowls that were sold at the dinner for $8 during the dinner.

The dinner consisted of a salad, soup and dessert bar at the Greenville High School cafeteria.

The group received a $1,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant to help pay for the materials and food for the dinner. See related story.

“It’s nice to help people all around the world with hunger,” said Garrett Moeggenborg, a student from the core group.

Moeggenborg said while participating in the project he learned helping a little and doing the little bit that he can, goes a long way to help someone else.

McQuillan said just less than 40 bowls were made to sell and help raise money for hunger. She said she plans to make this a yearly event.

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