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Seniors helping seniors

Fifty-five percent of people visiting soup kitchens, or "charitable feeding programs," in this region are seniors, a stunning fact when you consider that nationally only about 37 percent of those utilizing emergency feeding programs are seniors.

Fifty-five percent of people visiting soup kitchens, or "charitable feeding programs," in this region are seniors, a stunning fact when you consider that nationally only about 37 percent of those utilizing emergency feeding programs are seniors.
Although the need is greater in this region, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has had no trouble meeting this demand, thanks in part to the support of the community and the generous seniors who reside here.
This year, as part of the eighth annual Empty Bowl event, the Lincoln Park Ceramics Club is creating bowls. What makes their contribution unique is that the group is made up of seniors -- 32, in fact, who range in age from 58 to their mid-80s.
"We saw the promos about Empty Bowl and 'alleviating hunger in the Northland' and we wanted to help," said Linda Cadotte, the ceramics instructor at the Lincoln Park Senior Center.
Over the last four years, Cadotte has led the Lincoln Park group, creating an average of 25 bowls per year for the Empty Bowl event.
"We love to participate and we love to attend (Empty Bowl)," she said. "There are such a variety of bowls -- from the little hands that make the school bowls to bowls created by professional artists. Empty Bowl is just such an inspirational event to visit -- there is such a feeling of giving and of camaraderie."
Although the Lincoln Park seniors who create the bowls don't even recognize the value of their participating, their contribution annually allows Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank to distribute about 2,500 pounds of food to in-need Northland seniors.
"I think that is what makes Empty Bowl so special," said Shaye Moris, the food bank's executive director. "None of the contributors who give to the event -- whether it be bowl makers, food and beverage donors, or volunteers -- ask for special recognition or place a dollar figure on their participation. They give because they feel it is the right thing to do. To see these seniors helping other seniors says a lot about our community."
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank ensures in-need seniors are fed by distributing monthly food boxes as part of the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) and by delivering food to the charitable feeding sites they visit. Last year, the Empty Bowl event assisted the food bank in distributing 46 percent of its total 1.8 million pound distribution to programs feeding in-need seniors.
For more information about the Lincoln Park Ceramics Club, the food bank or Empty Bowl, call Moris at 727-5653, ext. 13, or send e-mail to smoris@cpinternet.com .
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Is your place of employment, church or civic group looking for a fun community project? From now until the end of March your small group (as many as 10 people) can create bowls for Empty Bowl on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mary Pechacek, from the "Dirty Girlz" studio, downtown Duluth, is teaching the classes and welcomes new bowl makers.
The cost is $15 per person and includes materials to make your bowl and a ticket to the Empty Bowl event.
For more information, send an e-mail to Mary Pechacek at marypechacek@earthlink.net or call 727-5653, ext. 13.

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