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A Pilsen Ceramic Studio Is Selling Empty Bowls Through Saturday To Support Food Pantries

The Empty Bowl fundraiser is a reminder "some of us have empty bowls during mealtimes," according to the website. People can pick up their food-safe bowls Saturday afternoon at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Some of the ceramic bowls on sale through Gnarware Workshop for the Empty Bowls fundraiser to support local food pantries.
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PILSEN — People can buy one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to help local food pantries provide food for people in need on Thanksgiving.

Chicago-based ceramicists and Gnarware Workshop, 1838 W. Cermak Road, partnered to produce handmade bowls for the third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, a grassroots initiative to fight hunger in the city. The event is a reminder that “some of us have empty bowls during mealtimes,” according to their website.

People can visit their webstore through Saturday to buy an empty ceramic bowl, with prices ranging from $7 to $75. All bowls are glazed with food-safe materials, according to the event’s website.

All proceeds from the sales will go toward organizations that create food accessibility in Chicago, such as Love Fridge, Pilsen Food Pantry, UIC Food Pantry and Community Kitchen, according to an Instagram post.

People can pick up the bowls from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., University of Illinois Chicago campus. There will also be free soup provided by chefs from Kimski, DönerMen and the Abundance Setting.

People who can’t attend Saturday’s event can arrange another time to pick up their bowls, according to the website.

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