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

March 4, 2009

Annual ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser at NIU
to benefit Hope Haven shelter

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

The 11th annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, in the Chandelier Dining Room, 143 Adams Hall. Reservations are required for either of the two seatings at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

A donation of $15 buys 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.

Both seatings feature raffles with prizes that include hotel stays and gift certificates for local restaurants. Additional donations are welcome.

All proceeds benefit the Hope Haven shelter in DeKalb.

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

“Our goal is to raise awareness about world hunger,” said Heather Gustus, president of the Student Dietetic Association and a nutrition and dietetics major. “Empty Bowls symbolizes hunger, and the bowl is a keepsake and reminder for the guests every time they use the bowls.”

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.

Students from FCNS 406, “Global Food and Nutrition Issues,” also are volunteering at the event. The School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences is housed in the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences.

For reservations or more information, call (815) 753-1543 or visit Wirtz Hall 118.

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