Lance's Journal: Bowls For Backpacks, Feb. 22

This Saturday, Nebraska Wesleyan University will host it's 2nd Annual "Bowls For Backpacks" event. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Lincoln as they attempt to ensure that area students don't go hungry over weekend breaks.

As a ceramist at Wesleyan, Sarah Crawford enjoys the opportunity to get patients at Bryan LGH Hospital involved in painting bowls for this Saturday's fundraiser, "It's a big deal to get the community involved and in addition to Bryan we also work with elementary schools, high schools, local artist, ceramic artists, we try to get as much of the community involved as possible."

Each one of the bowls will be available for purchase at Saturday's event and Wesleyan Art Professor Lisa Lockman says there were 700 bowls sold at last year's inaugural event, "We raised $7,000 which fed 35 children for a year."

The importance of the program really hit home for Lisa when she got the chance to distribute the backpacks, "It's really wonderful. There was one little girl she was excited about a jar of peanut butter and just so excited to have a jar of peanut butter, she was hoping there was a jar of peanut butter in the backpack...It's pretty amazing."

The Food Bank of Lincoln makes sure the backpacks are filled each weekend and the Executive Director of the Food Bank is Scott Young. He says this is school year number five for this valuable backpack program, "Most importantly, it's given a number of people a great opportunity like the people here at Wesleyan to participate meaningfully in the battle against hunger and poverty issues in Southeast Nebraska and the power of that we feel is in some ways as dramatic as the power of handing food to people. Giving people the opportunity to lend a hand has really meant a lot to the Food Bank of Lincoln and to the families that receive the food."

This Saturday's event will take place from noon until 3pm in the Story Student Center on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus.

Tickets are $15 and admission includes soup, bread, drink and of course, a ceramic bowl of your choice. Tickets can be purchased by call (402) 465-7556.

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