A community “paint a bowl” event was held at the Potter’s Wheel pottery studio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where for $10 their decorated bowl goes toward a hunger fundraiser in March.
The fundraiser, known as the Empty Bowls Event, will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m., at The New Homestead Home, located at 82-45 Grenfell Street, Kew Gardens.
Carol Lacks, a local community organizer who is part of the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, said that the group was inspired by the Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that was created by The Imagine Render Group.
Through the project, potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls.
Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, they keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.
There will be music, poetry, a celebrity bowls silent auction and conversation. Proceeds of the day will be donated to the Food Bank for New York City.
According to recent numbers from a poll by the Food Bank for New York City and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, more than one in three Queens residents, or 36 percent, struggle to afford food.
In 2011, nearly two in five Queens residents bought less food, more than one in three ate smaller meals, and one in four, or 23 percent, skipped them altogether.
In addition, one in five Queens residents, or 20 percent, paid rent instead of bought food, one in five paid utilities or for transportation, and almost one in five paid for medicine or medical care instead of food.
Photos by Kira Lacks.