Violet and Tobie Wick enjoy a bit of soup and bread after giving a donation to the Empty Bowls Project last Friday. Shannon Lough/The Northern View

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Students work together to feed the hungry in Prince Rupert

Fighting hunger one bowl at a time was the slogan and driver behind a student project to paint 270 bowls in return for approximately $2,517 in donations from the community.

The Empty Bowls Project was a success last Friday with droves of people filling the seats at the gathering centre in the Annunciation Church, where students dished out soup in bowls they had designed.

For a donation, the public could have lunch and keep the one-of-a-kind pottery that was painted with good intentions. Both Annunciation School and Charles Hays Secondary School students were involved.

The project was launched by Tasha Parker from the high school, and Rebecca Brooke from Annunciation. A similar project was put on by Parker a couple years ago but solely at Charles Hays.

“What’s lovely about this is that they’ve leveraged it into a partnership with Annunciation Church so you have students from either end of the school spectrum and that’s fantastic,” said Sandy Jones, superintendent for School District 52.

All proceeds from the lunch event are going to the Salvation Army food bank and the Annunciation Parish soup kitchen. Forty bowls remain. Anyone wanting one can visit Annunciation and make a donation.

“It’s a really good thing because it’s bringing the community together and showing the youth that giving is a really good thing,” said Taylor Shaw, one of the Charles Hays students involved in the project.


Some of the 270 bowls painted by students from Annunciation School and fired by Charles Hays Secondary School for the Empty Bowls Project. Shannon Lough/The Northern View