December 8, 2023

Empty Bowls fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars for student food pantry

a table with variety of ceramic bowls

The annual sale of ceramic bowls, dishes and other items went a long way in helping Schoolcraft students in need of food.

An annual fundraiser to help students brought in thousands of dollars as the semester begins to wind down.

The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place Dec. 6 in the Vistatech Center, selling ceramic bowls, plates and other pottery created by Schoolcraft College ceramics students. The fundraiser, which helps fund the College’s student food pantry, brought in $3,000 during its three-hour sale.

“Empty Bowls is a longstanding Schoolcraft College tradition, and I couldn’t be prouder of the community for stepping up and supporting our students,” said Todd Stowell, director of the Student Activities Office. “The money raised during this awesome event will help our students who need some assistance as they continue their studies.”

people looking at tables of ceramic bowls
Patrons check out the selection of ceramic items at the Empty Bowls fundraiser Dec. 6.

Those who purchased an item from the sale were also treated to lunch: the College’s Culinary Operations donated bread and soup for guests to enjoy as a thank you for their purchase, served up by Student Activities staff.

The student food pantry is available for students who need some additional assistance while they attend classes. Those looking to donate can drop off non-perishable, non-expired items to the Student Activities Office in the lower level of Waterman wing of the Vistatech Center.

Food donations can be placed in the collection bins in campus buildings or dropped off to the Student Activities Office. Items recommended for donations include cans of tuna or chicken, canned soup, chili or stew, pork and beans, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables and more. Those looking to give money can identify their gift to the Schoolcraft College Foundation to specifically go toward the student food pantry as well.

Students in need of the food pantry’s services can visit the Student Activities Office can stop by from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday during the fall and winter semesters. More information can be found at

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