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Empty Bowls dinner is cooperative effort

The Empty Bowls dinner on April 28 at United Methodist Church is bringing together a large group of volunteers including YAH member Kelsey Pierce, left, ceramic bowl maker Tim Luedtke, center, and YAH member and jewelry maker Melly Meyer. Also for sale at the dinner is the reusable Empty Bowls tote bag. Photo by Meg Heaton

The Empty Bowls Dinner scheduled for April 28 at United Methodist Church of Hudson is bringing together several area organizations and groups to focus on food, or the lack of it, in our community.

Partners in the effort are Youth Action Hudson, United Methodist Church and United Methodist Church Women, the Food Collaborative of St. Croix County, SOS Players, art students from UW-River Falls and Hudson, Hudson Bagel, Family Fresh, Bread Art, Subhouse and others.

In addition to raising awareness of poverty issues like "food insecurity," the dinner also hopes to bring people together to provide opportunities and partnerships for additional community service, to raise funds for local assistance agencies and to do it all using "green" practices.

The evening will include a homemade soup supper with handmade ceramic bowls provided by former YAH members UW-RF student potter Tim Luedtke and St. Olaf student Ann Erickson. There will also be performances by the SOS Players, entertainment by YAH talent show participants and information about the food collaborative and other organizations.

There will also be a silent auction of art by Hudson Middle School students as well as others, and sale of jewelry by YAH members Melly Meyer and Hannah Kalmon.

The Empty Bowls Dinner is open to the public, and a donation of $10 per bowl can be made at the door. Proceeds from the event will be split between YAH, the United Way's Food Resource Center and United Methodist Church.

For more information, contact Youth Action Hudson at (715) 386-9803 or e-mail