Empty Bowls Soup Supper offers student ceramic bowls

The 5 Loaves Pantry is hosting an Empty Bowls Soup Supper, featuring ceramic bowls handcrafted by McClave School students, from 5:30 to7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the school cafeteria.

Attendees will choose a one-of-a-kind bowl then have it filled with a delicious soup prepared by pantry volunteers. Cost of a bowl and supper - which includes soup, crackers, dessert and drinks - is $15.  For those who want only supper, the cost will be $5. All proceeds benefit 5 Loaves Pantry and will be used to purchase food for hungry families.

5 Loaves Pantry served 1,092 families - 3,198 people - in 2018. Most were from Bent County, with the next-largest county of residence being Prowers.  Approximately 3,000 pounds of food are given out at the pantry each month. The Pantry is run by an all-volunteer committee and has received tremendous community support.

Empty Bowl Soup Suppers were conceived by a Michigan teacher as a way for students to creatively support food drives. The name serves as a reminder of the Empty Bowls in our community.  

McClave Art teacher Dan Cochell has been instrumental in the effort, as he used the project to teach art principles, hands-on skills and community service to his students. Approximately 300 bowls have been decorated by McClave students in all grades.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lora Cline at 719-829-4425, Doris Hemphill at 719-691-1877, Kaye Kasza at 719-688-2299 or Kara Leighty at 719-829-4992.

Sponsors for the Empty Bowls Soup Supper are McClave State Bank, First National Bank of Las Animas and Valley Grocery.