Monday, November 05, 2001
Filling a bowl to fill tummies
Event benefits low-income meal plan
By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer
COVINGTON Sunday's benefit for Kids Cafe began with a wonderful dilemma: How to choose just one bowl from hundreds made by artisans of the Clay Alliance?
For $18 a person, Kids Cafe supporters could select a bowl, have it filled with soup donated by area restaurants and take it home after eating.
The Empty Bowls event is the largest fund-raiser for Kids Cafe, which provides nutritional meals to low-income children at seven sites in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. About 500 people were expected to attend the event at the Baker-Hunt Foundation in Covington.
ABOUT KIDS CAFE
30,000 meals were served last year to children in low-income neighborhoods at seven area Kids Cafe sites a 66 percent increase over the previous year. |
600 children attended local Kids Cafe sites each week and 1,500 kids attended at least one time last year.
Kids Cafe offers information about nutrition and personal hygiene, homework help, tutoring, sports and anti-drug and anti-violence programs.
It was Lucinda Beckham's first visit to the third annual fund-raiser. I got invited by a friend and knew it was a good cause and wanted to support it, the Norwood woman said.
She had a hard time selecting from the bowls donated by the Clay Alliance, a nonprofit organization of local potters.
There were so many good ones to choose from, Ms. Beckham said. It was fantastic to see all the artistry and talent. I think I changed bowls three times.
Last year, 30,000 meals were served to children from low-income neighborhoods at Kids Cafe sites. That's a 66 percent increase over the previous year.
The reason for the increase is there are more sites and there's more need, said Mary Sehlhorst, coordinator of Kids Cafe, a program of the FreeStore/FoodBank. The need is always there, but we're hitting more neighborhoods now.
Kids Cafe sites are located in Over-the-Rhine, Camp Washington, Millvale Recreation Center, Winton Place, Newport, Covington and Dayton, Ky.
We have so many neighborhoods that are lacking sites, said Ms. Sehlhorst, who would like to see a Kids Cafe in Avondale, Walnut Hills, Madisonville, Lincoln Heights and East End. ""Our big hang-up now is we are at a standstill because of funding.
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