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Bowled Over: Empty Bowls Is FRIDAY in Amarillo


Thanks so much to Tina Brohlin of High Plains Food Bank for stopping by High Plains Morning this week to remind us about a great event that helps fight hunger in the Texas Panhandle.

The Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) is hosting an “Empty Bowls” event Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in each of its high school cafeterias to raise money for Kids Cafe, a Feeding America program that is offered by the High Plains Food Bank.

The community is invited to attend. Tickets include a homemade beef stew meal and a student hand-crafted keepsake bowl as a reminder of all the bowls that go unfilled. For tickets and to RSVP by site, contact Tina when they purchase tickets:

• Amarillo High School, 4225 Danbury St.
• Caprock High School, 3001 E 34th Ave
• Palo Duro High School, 1400 N Grant St.
• Tascosa High School, 3921 Westlawn Ave.

“One in five local children faces hunger, and this impacts students’ learning and development every day in the classroom,” said Zack Wilson, executive director of High Plains Food Bank. “We are very grateful that AISD has partnered with us to support Kids Cafe through Empty Bowls.”

In addition to raising critical funds to fight childhood hunger, AISD’s “Empty Bowls” will activate students across the district in giving back to their community. Art students will contribute handcrafted commemorative bowls, and culinary arts students will provide fresh-baked bread for the event. AISD will underwrite the cost of the ingredients for the beef stew, which Kids Cafe staff will prepare and deliver. 

“By engaging our students in this districtwide service-learning project and our educators in an awareness campaign over hunger in our community, we are excited to support Kids Cafe and offer the creations of our students to our community,” says Denise Blanchard, director of the community partnerships program for AISD. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to increase awareness of hunger and raise funds to support organizations that feed those in need. For more information, please contact Tina Brohlin, HPFB communications and marketing manager at (806)350-1435 or tina@hpfb.org.

About High Plains Food Bank: High Plains Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger in the Texas Panhandle. HPFB secures, processes, stores and distributes food to 185 partner agencies, across the top 29 counties in Texas. These food pantries provide a network to provide food assistance directly to the 1 in 7 local people who struggle with food insecurity, including 1 in 4 children. In 2019, HPFB distributed over 9 million pounds of food, setting a new high record. To combat food insecurity and improve the overall health of clients we serve, HPFB provides a variety of community programs, including: Kids Cafe, Direct Mobile Distribution, a senior adult food program (CSFP), and nutrition education through The Garden at High Plains Food Bank. HPFB can also help individuals with applying for SNAP, CHIP, and Medicaid. In addition to fighting hunger and supporting better health, food banking decreases waste by distributing food that would otherwise go uneaten to people who need it. *High Plains Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider. About Kids Cafe: Kids Cafe is a program of Feeding America, offered by High Plains Food Bank to at-risk children in our service area in need of daily, healthy meals. Kids Cafe confronts childhood hunger and obesity by providing meals and snacks that follow USDA recommended nutritional guidelines. Meals are provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

About Feeding America: Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.  Advance tickets may be purchased for $10 in room 206 of the Rod Schroder Education Support Center, located at 7200 West Interstate 40 or at High Plains Food Bank, located at 815 Ross Street. All proceeds go to the High Plains Food Bank Kids Cafe to fight childhood hunger in our community. 

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.