Eleven area food pantries recently received donations from the money raised at the Empty Bowls event held earlier this year at Nicolet College. In all, the event raised $1,910, which was divided equally among the pantries.
The fundraising event consisted of a meal of soup and bread prepared by Nicolet College Culinary Arts students.
Thirty-eight area potters, including students from Mercer Middle School, volunteered their time to make about 200 bowls. The Northwood Turners also donated 15 wooden bowls.
As a bonus, those attending the event were able to keep the bowls in which they were served.
Those accepting checks, along with event organizers, included, front row, left to right, Vicki Severson, Nicolet College; JanLee Goska, Vilas County Food Pantry; Doe Muench, Three Lakes Food Pantry; Anita Hornbrook, Boulder Junction Food Pantry; Ginger Chrobak, Rhinelander Area Food Pantry; Heidi Gronna, Open Arms Soup Kitchen, Tomahawk; back row, Katy Ralph, Nicolet College event coordinator, Linda Duff, NEWCAP Food Pantry Forest County, Diana Everson, Elcho Community Food Pantry; Jack Schalaefer, Three Lakes Food Pantry; and Ken Chrobak, Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
Other organizations who received donations but where unable to send a representative for the photo include the Mercer Area Food Pantry, Lakeland Food Pantry, Tomahawk United Methodist Food Pantry and the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH).
Members of the Nicolet College Employees Association assisted with the event.