Action Report: Empty Bowls Benefit to help fight hunger

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Posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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They sling the mud at the Wednesday pottery class at the Earth and Fire Pottery Studio.

"They have  a blast," said Amanda Mundee. "A lot of them say it is cheaper than therapy."

Instructor Amanda Mundee has been working with twenty professional potters across Louisiana and Mississippi to create 300-bowls for a special event to fight hunger, the empty bowls sending a special message.

"We want to fight hunger, that we want to remind people with the empty bowl of all those empty bowls in the world," said Mundee.

They are helping the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, which has given over one million dollars since 1985 to fifty organizations that fight hunger.

"We have people who are not seen on the street, who are suffering from hunger, because they have to make the choice of getting their medicine or buying food," said Sr. Jane Remson of NOAAHH.

They help the NO/Aids Task Force operate Food For Friends, which provides meals for 600-people a month.

"Mediterranean diet, low carb, high protien, lots of vegetables," said program manager Glen Karman. "And the clients love it, and they are now getting the nutrition they need."

"Any money coming from the community is important to keep these programs open," said NO/Aids Task Force CEO Noel Twilbeck.

The artists ceated the bowls for Sunday afternoon's Empty Bowls Benefit at Rock N Bowl. The $30 admission will support the agencies helped by the Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, and the first 300 participants will take home one of the bowls.

"We're going to hane bowling, we're going to have the Hot 8 Brass Band," said Sr. Jane.

Bowls created by celebrities including Allen Toussaint and Deacon John will be auctioned. For ticket information, go to http://noaahh2014.brownpapertickets.com.

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