Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) will host its first-ever “Empty Bowls” luncheon Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the four AISD high school cafeterias to raise money for Kids Cafe, a Feeding America® Program that is offered by the High Plains Food Bank.
Participating AISD staff will attend lunch at their cluster high school cafeteria during the scheduled professional development day.
For a suggested $10 donation, attendees will receive a beef stew lunch and a keepsake bowl, hand-crafted by a local art student, as a reminder of all the bowls that go unfilled.
“One in four local children faces hunger, and teachers see firsthand how this impacts students’ learning and development every day in the classroom,” said Zack Wilson, executive director of High Plains Food Bank. “We are very grateful that AISD has chosen to support Kids Cafe and has partnered with us in the fight against local childhood hunger.”
In addition to raising funds, AISD’s “Empty Bowls” will activate students across the district in giving back to their community. Art students will contribute handcrafted commemorative bowls, and culinary arts students will provide bread. AISD will underwrite the cost of the ingredients for the beef stew, which Kids Cafe staff will prepare and deliver.
“By engaging our students in a districtwide service-learning project and our educators in an awareness campaign over hunger in our community, we are excited to be able to offer the creations of our
students to our staff,” says Denise Blanchard, director of the community partnerships program for AISD.
If successful, AISD’s “Empty Bowls” will become an annual fundraiser and service-learning project to benefit HPFB’s Kids Cafe. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to increase awareness of hunger and raise funds to support organizations that feed those in need.