Fill empty bowls

The money you might spend on a standard entree in a restaurant could buy a schoolchild a week’s worth of lunches.

This afternoon, the public has the opportunity to choose to spend $25 on a simple meal, instead of tucking into a more elaborate feast, with the proceeds going to provide school lunches for students, who would otherwise go hungry.

Cayman International School has partnered with local charity Feed Our Future to host the “CIS Fills Empty Bowls” event at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay on Friday, 3 May.

As many as one in four children in government schools in Cayman do not have the $5 it costs them to purchase lunch each day. Feed Our Future works hard to raise funds to be able donate lunch money to these children. Money raised at this event will go directly to benefitting some of the neediest children in Cayman.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. It’s a simple concept whereby potters and crafts people make ceramic bowls. Supporters purchase the bowls, filled with a simple meal such as soup. The proceeds go toward feeding the hungry, while individuals take home the bowls as keepsakes, and also as a reminder of how many empty bowls there are in the world.

In this case, CIS students in grades 3 to 12 will create and donate ceramic bowls through the school’s art programme. Filled bowls will be sold for $25 – enough to purchase a child hot, nutritious school lunches for a week.

The event runs from 4 to 6pm.

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