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‘Empty Bowls’ charity raises $ for HelpLink

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Second-year culinary student Brandi Benton prepares soup to serve to at the Empty Bowls charity event.

The Ceramics and Culinary Departments teamed up for a charity fundraiser in November to raise $3,340 for AACC’s HelpLink, which offers emergency financial aid to students.
Students, staff and faculty donated $10 each for a serving of soup or chili prepared by culinary students and served in bowls made by ceramics students.
The Empty Bowls fundraiser in the Student Union dining hall was back on campus for the first time since before the pandemic.
“In our own community and our own county, there’s lots of food insecurity issues,” Sara Prigodich, a ceramics professor whose students made the bowls, said. “So we’re sort of digging into why those things happen, and what we can do to give back. So for them to make those bowls, it was a great opportunity.”
Organizations all over the country have hosted similar events since 1990.
Culinary service-learning students made and served soup, chili and bread rolls for the event.
Trésa Ballard, AACC’s service-learning coordinator, said the campus showed a lot of support for the event.
“The campus really gets behind events like this,” Ballard said. “We have a very generous, civic-minded college community and they always turn out in support of events like this.”
First-year American Sign Language student Haille Treadaway said the soup “was so good, I would leave [home] and come to campus just to have that soup.”

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