For a $10 donation, you can help feed hungry homeless, unemployed or working poor people in the East Valley while enjoying your own simple meal of bread, soup and water. Mesa Community College will host two such Empty Bowls charity events on Oct. 19 and 26 in observance of World Hunger Day.
The two events are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Southern and Dobson Campus, 1833 W. Southern Ave., and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 26 at MCC's Red Mountain Campus, 7110 E. McKellips Road.
A multitude of volunteers, local artists, community members and students will gather to choose from thousands of handcrafted bowls and dine together. The bowls are created by Valley artists and art students, with local organizations donating clay, paint, food, entertainment and volunteers.
All Empty Bowls proceeds go directly to the nonprofit Paz de Cristo Community Center, which uses the money to help feed the 200-250 individuals that show up at its facility every night.
Last year, MCC's Empty Bowls events raised $21,000.