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Empty Bowls for World Hunger Day

Updated on October 19, 2013
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World Hunger Day

Thursday, October 17th, 2013, is World Hunger Day.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million of the 7.1 billion people in the world, were suffering from chronic under nourishment in the years 2010-2012. That is 1 in 8 people! 852 million of these people lived in developing countries, while 16 million lived in developed countries.

The Event

It was hard to contain the feeling of youth and promise on this beautiful sunny day. Although the reason for this fundraiser is somber, indeed, the event was joyful. Not knowing what to expect when we arrived, we were delighted by several tables of some of the most beautiful, handmade bowls! The outdoor pavillion boasted tables with beautiful centerpieces designed around (you guessed it!) ceramic bowls. On the stage, two students provided a beautiful concert. We chose our bowls, paid the ten dollar fee and were treated to a bowl of soup and bread. We sat and listened to the music, enjoying our soup, feeling good in the knowledge that we helped, even if just a little bit!

Empty Bowls Project

The Empty Bowls Project is a program that was designed to fight hunger. It is an international program, created by The Imagine render Group. It works like this: Get a group of potters, educators and others together to create handcrafted bowls. Invite guests to partake in soup and bread. For a donation, they can keep one of the bowls. The proceeds go towards eradicating world hunger. I learned about this project only last week. It was being held at at a near by community college. I called a friend, who I knew would appreciate it as much as I would and we made our plans to attend.


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My handcrafted bowl from The Empty Bowl Project.No bowl, even one as pretty as this, should be empty.
My handcrafted bowl from The Empty Bowl Project.
My handcrafted bowl from The Empty Bowl Project. | Source
No bowl, even one as pretty as this, should be empty.
No bowl, even one as pretty as this, should be empty. | Source

The Ripple Effect

Do not believe that a small donation is not worth it. Know that anything you do or give, helps. If you can, attend an Empty Bowl event in your hometown. It may be too late this year but watch for it next year. Give a dollar or two or three at the grocery store. Sponsor someone who is walking for hunger or for cancer or any other cause that you would like to help. Buy a beaded bracelet or necklace or host a party. What better way to help than to spread awareness? Be a part of something bigger. An important, integral part.

Bead for Life

This year a friend recommended a program called BeadforLife. Eradicating Poverty, one bead at a time. I really like the concept. It is an international non-profit organization that "creates sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone." The beads are handmade by women in Uganda and sold here through bead parties or you can purchase them online. This was also a first for me. I have my first bracelets of hand made paper beads to wear proudly, to show my support in eradicating world poverty.

Where do your dollars go?

Often when we donate to charitable organizations, we speculate how the funds are allocated. The United Way has a simple form that shows you what your donations can do for people in need. Did you know that only $2 per week can assist food banks in purchasing more than 624 meals for individuals in need? $10 per week provides 5 children with early developmental screenings. Check out their site to see more.

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Humanity One World

Many people in the Hubpages community have been part of a collaborative, started by our own hubber, billybuc. I invite you to check out these hubs for HOW, Humanity One World. I also invite you to share your experiences by contributing a hub. you can also visit our Facebook Site

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for writing about this Randi..every little bowl should be filled and maybe one day..will.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such an important project, Randi. Thank you for bringing awareness to this, and thank you for including H.O.W....I will share it on the website.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great projects Randi! What a beautiful bowl as well :-) I love the colours!

      I like also the project "Bead for life". I like the name also because it feels like when you give on a regular base to one organization, you add one bead at a time!

      I went also to visit the hub of BillyBuc!

      Thanks for sharing those important initiatives to help people in need!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this information. Although I have never known hunger, there have been times in my early adult life when I have scraped by. I cannot imagine what it must be like not knowing where your next meal is coming from.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      The empty bowl project is a fun way to bring like-minded people together for a very important cause. I'm definitely sharing this on my Facebook page, hoping to bring more awareness to others, especially on World Hunger Day.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful way to bring awareness to the world hunger issue. Such a beautiful hub.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This does sound interesting, I will look into it. I give now to one close to my heart and what I feel the bible says to do, especially in end days but there is always a little from somewhere for a good cause.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Carol, I am with you on that one! Just like the policy for challenged students, No student left behind, I want to say, No child left hungry.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! It was very cool there!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle. It was really hard to choose! I just wish I had enouigh money to buy several and will plan on that for next year. I think it would be a great gift. I also like the name Beads for Life and love the way you see it! So glad you have met billybuc, the most all-around, best hubber and winner of the hubbie for it! He's a great guy to have in your corner!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, FlourishAnyway. Like you, I have never known the feeling of hunger but have have to pinch pennies and stretch out the soup to make it last.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Marlene! It was a great program! I appreciate the share!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      this is such an important event im glad many folks including you are bringing it to the forefront :) up and shared

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      These are awesome events to help stamp out world hunger, Randi. Thanx for bringing them to light.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, teaches!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, teaches! Your words are much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Frank! It was really nice!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Shuana! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! I appreciate your stopping by! I believe that anything that is close to your heart is what matters!

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Randi,

      I never heard of Empty Bowls before. What a beautiful and creative way towards eliminating world hunger.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Randi, for sharing of the Empty Bowls ministry/project. What an awesome cause.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Sue! This was the first I'd heard of it, also! Thank you so much for the votes and share!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thsank you, Faith! It was such a lovely event, too! Thank you so much for your votes and share!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Both the Bowl and Bead projects are very worthy causes, Randi. Thank you for helping to raise our awareness of them by spreading the word.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, drbj! The empty bowl was a beautiful event! Watch for more on Beadsforlife

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      What can any of us do except a little bit. And all added up it can make a difference. Wonderful hub, Randi. Keep up the good work.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Chris! It was a great event!

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