Garrett Estrada Photo April Bath (left) and her mother Margret Bath (right) stand next to local artist Jennifer Messina (center) and her handmade bowls at the Ely Art Bank.

Garrett Estrada Photo
April Bath (left) and her mother Margret Bath (right) stand next to local artist Jennifer Messina (center) and her handmade bowls at the Ely Art Bank.

Four months ago, local artist Jennifer Messina started a unique project, creating 100 bowls from scratch. Each bowl is symbolic, meant to remind the owner of those less fortunate.

“When you look at an empty bowl, you are reminded that there is someone out there who is hungry and is in need,” Messina said.

The Committee against Child Hunger (CACH) have teamed up with local artist Messina to sell her empty bowls as part of a fundraiser for the program. The bowls, which have been part of silent auctions at various businesses around town, will also be auctioned at a dinner put on by CACH on June 19 at the Renaissance Village. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the auction for the bowls at 7 p.m. All proceeds generated by the auctions will go to buying food for the CACH backpack program. Tickets for the dinner are $10 and can be purchased at the Ely Art Bank, Economy Drug, Sportsworld or State Farm.

Each month, CACH places approximately 600 bags of food in the backpacks of students from McGill, David E. Norman, Steptoe High School, Head Start and Learning Bridge to be used during the weekend.

CACH is operated by volunteers and supported by donations and fundraisers such as Thursday’s dinner.