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Fighting Hunger with Empty Bowls in New England


New England Chapel, a Christian Reformed church in Franklin, Mass., uses empty bowls to help fight world hunger.

Jodi Koeman, community development pastor for the church, said this is the second year the congregation has participated in Empty Bowls, a national movement designed to raise awareness and funding to combat hunger.

Church members painted more than 300 ceramic bowls and placed them throughout the church for a worship service that focused on hunger using Scripture, communion, prayers, and visuals. At the end of the service, a simple meal of bread and soup was served using the painted bowls.

The event raised more than $3,000 for the Franklin Food Pantry.

One participant said, “I learned that hunger affects people around the world, including those in my own community.”

Another said, “These bowls are all unique, just like each of us. But when they are all put together, they are a great reminder of how we can all work together to end something like hunger.”

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