On Oct. 16 the students, parents and faculty of HB du Pont Middle School partnered with several Hockessin area restaurants and cafes to host the school's first Empty Bowls Dinner. The event is designed to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity in our community while raising funds to support the West End Neighorhood House.
Under the direction of HB's art teacher, Colleen Zufelt, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and several faculty members hand-painted more than 200 beautiful bowls that will help inspire meaningful conversations in classrooms and around family dinner tables that far too many in our community face empty bowls at meal time.
Students, their parents and faculty members gathered at the school on Friday evening to share a simple meal of soup, bread, water and dessert and gain a better understanding of what it's like for families to have to find nourishment from a soup kitchen. HB students in teacher Rebecca Schuck's FCCLA student organization made the desserts. Soup and bread was generously donated by the following Hockessin-area restaurants and cafes:
Back Burner to Go
George & Sons' Seafood Market and Oyster House
Six Paupers Tavern and Restaurant
The House of William and Merry
HB du Pont's Empty Bowls Program was generously funded by a National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Arts Enhancement Grant to actively engage families and community partners and strengthen family-school partnerships through artistic learning opportunities.