2017-09-28 / Living

Empty bowls aim to fill hungry bellies

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com


Joseph Schipani, a volunteer chef, cooked up delicious soups for attendees of the annual event. 
Photos by Paula Schmidt Joseph Schipani, a volunteer chef, cooked up delicious soups for attendees of the annual event. Photos by Paula Schmidt FLINT — With the assistance of community partners such as the Flint Institute of Arts and the Michigan Woodturners Association, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) recently held their annual Empty Bowls fundraiser which helps provide funding to feed needy families throughout Genesee County.

The FBEM, whose motto is “Change the Face of Hunger” is one of the main sources of food for underprivileged in the area and is partnering with other local organizations helps them fulfill their mission.

The event allows participants to pick out a hand-crafted pottery or wood bowl and sample freshly prepared soups. It also includes a silent auction, entertainment, and a cooking demonstration. Fox Radio personality Lisa Marie Szukhent worked with volunteer chef Joseph Schipani to cook up some delicious food for attendees following other radio hosts Mike and Stephanie from WWCK 105.5 earlier in the day.

FBEM serves as the food source for more than 415 different agencies in 22 counties. In 2016, more than 1,200 mobile food pantries were delivered, and more than 26 million pounds of food was given to needy families, including 11 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, 8,641 volunteers contributed more than 55,000 hours of time to help meet the manpower needs at the food bank. They provide meals during the summer break months which help continue meeting nutritional needs for local children when they are not in school and provide extra food boxes during the holidays to meet extra needs for family gatherings.

Local seniors benefit from the food bank too, with more than 340 seniors a month receiving a special senior food box. If you missed this year’s event, you can help the Food Bank by donating online at www.FBEM.org/donate or call them at 810-239-4441.

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