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'Food insecurity' is focus of Empty Bowls at UM event

Empty Bowls dinners like the one at United Methodist Church of Hudson next Tuesday is one of many that are taking place across the nation to bring attention and help for individuals and families in need of food. Partners in the local 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