CARE Services moves homelessness awareness event online

CARE Services moves homelessness awareness event online

Kennesaw State’s CARE Services is hosting a virtual version of its annual Empty Bowls event at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

KSU CARE Services’ Empty Bowls event is a part of CARE Services’ Homelessness Awareness Week and traditionally takes place in-person. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s bowls can be purchased online and a session about the event will be held via Zoom call, according to the CARE Services website.

As part of the event, students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members can purchase a handmade bowl with a ready-to-make meal inside on. Upon purchase, buyers will receive a link to the session featuring guest speakers discussing homelessness, food waste and sustainability, according to the CARE Services website.

“The bowls being purchased are handcrafted by KSU ceramics students and other community members,” KSU student Ariana Luke said. “All of the bowls are unique and one of a kind.”

This year, all bowls purchased during the event will come with a ready-to-make soup created by KSU Dining’s chef Brad Neal, Luke said. The soup will include fresh ingredients from KSU’s farm.

While students can purchase a bowl for $15, staff, faculty, alumni and community members can purchase theirs for $30. All of the proceeds from this event will go to CARE Services, according to the CARE Services website.

All bowls that are purchased can be picked up in Prillaman Hall and a pick-up time and date can be chosen when you purchase your bowl on the CARE Services website.

This year will mark KSU CARE services’ 13th annual Homelessness Awareness Week, according to the CARE Services website. This year, HAW begins on Monday, Nov. 2, and ends on Friday, Nov. 7.

CARE Services offers assistance to KSU students who are homeless, part of the foster system, and those who face food insecurity, according to the CARE Services website. They run a campus pantry for all students, offer case management, public benefits assistance and temporary housing to students in need, and even scholarships to those who are eligible.

Instructions for drop off donations and those sent by mail can be found on the CARE Services website.

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