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News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

March 16, 2006

Annual 'Empty Bowls' fundraiser at NIU
to benefit Hope Haven shelter

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University students have a way to feed you and the hungry in our community at the same time.

The eighth annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Chandelier Dining Room, 143 Adams Hall. Reservations are required for either of the two seatings, from 5 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m.

A donation of $15 buys all-you-can-eat homemade soup and bread, a beverage and, while supplies last, a ceramic bowl hand-crafted by an NIU art student. A donation of $10 buys food and drink only. Additional donations are welcome.

All proceeds benefit the Hope Haven shelter in DeKalb.

The menu includes chicken noodle soup, broccoli-cheddar soup and vegetable soup. Guests also can munch on a variety of breads. Beverages include coffee, tea, iced tea and water.

“There's a need to help charity, and the whole purpose behind the name ‘Empty Bowls' is that there's always someone in the world who has an empty bowl, who has nothing to eat,” said Jan Gevelinger, secretary of the Student Dietetic Association and a nutrition and dietetics major. “This is about nutrition and helping the community. We help Hope Haven throughout the year; we held a food drive for them in December.”

Members of the Student Dietetic Association from the School of Family , Consumer and Nutrition Sciences (who do the cooking) and the NIU Ceramics Club from the School of Art (who make the bowls) organize the event, an international project that originated in Michigan : http://www.emptybowls.net.

For reservations or more information, call (815) 753-1895 or visit http://chandelierdining.hhsweb.com/ online.

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