The Central Arizona College culinary arts program and art club raised more than $3,400 while serving more than 340 bowls of soup during the college’s ninth annual Empty Bowls event on Feb. 22 at the college’s Signal Peak Campus.

 The proceeds from the event were divided among local food banks, such as St. Vincent de Paul and the Casa Grande Food Bank. Participants purchased stoneware bowls made by CAC fine art students for $10. They then were given the choice of filling those bowls with either minestrone soup or chili that was made by the college’s culinary arts program.

Empty Bowls is a worldwide grassroots program that dates back to 1990 in Michigan as an effort to fight hunger.

“The students participate in this event outside of regular class time, making it a true volunteer effort,” Chef Carol Bennett, CAC’s culinary coordinator/preceptor, said. “Funds for purchasing the soup ingredients come from the Art Club and the Culinary Arts Club. We are thrilled to participate in this event and support the local community.”

The project is a joint effort between the Central Arizona College Art Club, the institution’s culinary arts department, Student Leadership, and Marjon Ceramics, Inc., the company that supplied the clay used to make the bowls.

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