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Wayland Academy doubles goal for hunger charity event

January 25, 2019

Wayland Academy students hope to build on a successful charity event by making it twice as large.

Last year, Fine Arts Chair Justin Behm organized a drive as part of the international Empty Bowls project. For the project, he makes pottery bowls that Wayland students in the art club then glaze and decorate. Students are already hard at work during open studio time preparing the bowls for decoration. At a luncheon in February, attendees will receive one of the unique bowls as part of their ticket.

“We are so happy to be putting on this event again,” Behm said. “The kids get so excited about helping the community, especially in such a unique and rewarding way.”

Last year, the club raised $1,250 for the food pantry at People Against a Violent Environment with 50 bowls at the sold-out, all-you-can-eat soup buffet. This year, the club will work on 100 bowls for a goal of $2,500 for the Dodge County Food Pantry at St. Vincent de Paul.

Students are also working concessions at campus sporting events to help raise to money necessary for the event so all the proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the food pantry.

According to Coletta Cody, manager of the Dodge County Food Pantry, the pantry serves about 260 households a month with about 500 adults and 275 children. Clients at the pantry can receive help in the form of prepackaged boxes once per calendar month. Each box contains about 10-12 meals including meat, cereal, soup, pasta, vegetables, rice, bread and fruit. Clients can also add some items at the pantry to their boxes such as baking supplies and condiments.

In the summer and fall, the pantry has a garden, staffed by volunteers, with fresh produce that clients can choose from.

Tickets for the Feb. 24 event are available at Rechek’s Food Pride, 609 N. Spring St., for $25 each. The luncheon will be 1-3 p.m. at Pickard Dining Hall on the Wayland Academy campus. The ticket includes the bowl, soup, bread and a drink.

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