The 8th annual Empty Bowls event is Sunday, March 17, at the Center for the Arts on the Luther College campus, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The goal of this project is to aid in the reduction of hunger in this area and around the world. Potters will be creating ceramic bowls in which a simple meal of soup and bread will be served. People will choose their own bowl to keep, which will serve as a reminder to them that there are hungry people with empty bowls around the world.

Local potters and Luther students are working to create hand-made stoneware bowls. These bowls are food safe, microwavable and dishwasher safe. There will be 2,000 bowls on display to choose from. Soup and bread will be donated by local restaurants and individuals.

For a $20 donation, people can choose a bowls to keep and sample a wide variety of soups and breads. Donations from this event will be divided between five local food pantries, and also provide assistance through Lutheran World Relief and Potters for Peace.

"Well over 100 people are sharing their time and talents to make this happen," organizer George Lowe said. "There will be some fantastic soups to choose from as restaurants try to outdo each other. Luther students are involved in a variety of ways making bowls, making soups, setting up, serving and providing music. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Decorah community and Luther College to come together for the common good. There has been tremendous support in the past. This year should be the best yet."

Volunteers are still needed to make soup, bread, or serve on the day of the event. If you are interested contact George Lowe, or Matt Knutson,