Moline High school to hold Seventh Annual Empty Bowls Project

The project helps Moline's contribution to the student hunger drive

By Gretta Patrick |

Published 10/25 2016 05:38AM

Updated 10/25 2016 05:38AM

If you're looking for dinner plans Tuesday night, there's an event at Moline High School with a bunch of food from local restaurants. The school's seventh annual empty bowls project fundraiser will take place in Moline High School's cafeteria. 
Students are raising money for the River Bend Food Bank at the event, where 21 local restaurants will be represented.
The Empty Bowls Project is also a chance for people to come pick out a clay bowl made by students in Moline art classes. You come in, pay for your dinner, get a hand-made bowl, and then you sample the soups and bread. 
Moline's Empty Bowls Project is just part of an area-wide student hunger drive. Schools around the area compete to see how much food they can collect. All of it goes to help the River Bend Food Bank stock up before the Thanksgiving season.
The Empty Bowls Project Chairman Joel Ryser says the event started in 2010 as a way to help boost Moline Schools' contributions to the student hunger drive.
"Each school gets a total amount of food, and then they weigh it. Then the school with the most weight wins the event, so there's the food that we raise, and then the other schools in the area will last probably 3 months for the food bank," Ryser said. 
The empty bowls project will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday night in the Moline High School cafeteria.
It's $10 for an adult to get in, $5 for students, and $15 for a family, but If you give what you can, nobody will be turned away. 
Ryser says the student hunger drive is important for kids to learn about how hunger impacts our area. 
"One in five students come to school hungry, and go home and don't know if they'll have food at home, so not only are we helping the community, but we're also helping fellow students that are going to need that nutrition. It's kind of tough to study if you're hungry," Ryser said. 
Donations can be made to any of our local schools for the student hunger drive until November 10. 
Donations can be food, money, or both. 

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