Celebrate Lent and Serving Others: Empty Bowl Fundraiser to Alleviate Hunger

On Friday, March 24, 2017, more than 150 guests enjoyed a soup and bread social, the meal served in hand-painted bowls created by Cristo Rey students, faculty and staff, in conjunction with the school’s new extracurricular Art Program. The art work – and tasty soups – earned $1,631, which will be donated to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville.

“It is amazing what people united for a cause can do,” said Andrea Velazquez, teacher and organizer of what is hoped to be an annual Lenten fundraiser to alleviate hunger worldwide. “The students were excited to see how their bowls came out and were really complimentary of the art of others.”

From students, to families, faculty, staff, former employees and alumni, the “cafegymatorium” was transformed into a Friday night supper club.

Students Jackie, Tyra and Stephanie all said their potato soup “is really tasty,” and that it was fun to do something different on a Friday night than “catch up on Netflix.”

A special shout out to the CRSM faculty and staff who made some of the homemade soups, and to her Christ Renews His Parish (CHRP) retreat group from St. Gilbert’s Parish in Grayslake who also contributed as chefs, said Velazquez.

By selling the bowls, the CRSM community raised just short of its $1,800 goal, which will buy a pallet of food that will go directly to the worldwide hunger organization. That equates to 8,182 packs of food which will feed 22 families-of-four for a year.

Founded in 1987, the international Feed My Starving Children organization is a Christian nonprofit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children in countries from Rwanda and Nicaragua to Syria and Indonesia.

For those who couldn’t make the event, there are still bowls available. Contact Velazquez at andreavelazquez@cristoreystmartin.org.