Music, bowling, and 300 hand-made bowls created by the region’s potters were part of the New Orleans Empty Bowls benefit, recently hosted by New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness at Rock-n-Bowl.
Twenty potters from the region donated the bowls, a reminder of the empty bowls in the world. Event proceeds will finance NOAAHH grants to nonprofit agencies and charities experienced in providing food and shelter to the needy.
A silent auction featured bowls glazed and signed by guest artists Allen Toussaint, co-founder of NOAAHH, Deacon John, Little Freddie King, Jon Cleary, James Andrews, Walter Wolfman Washington and Charles Gillam. Entertainment was by the Hot 8 Brass Band.
NOAAHH was founded in 1985 by Toussaint and Aaron Neville, who brought together a group of New Orleans musicians for the purpose of performing a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of metro New Orleans. To date NOAAHH has distributed more than $1 million in grants to more than 50 area organizations.
Empty Bowls, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, was created by The Imagine Render Group. Potters collaborate with the community for events that address hunger issues.
The Food Research and Action Center reported one in six Americans struggled with hunger in 2012. The New Orleans metro area has the second-highest rate of food hardship in the nation. Food hardship is defined as the lack of money to buy food that families need and is considerably worse for households with children. An estimated 17,000 to 19,000 men, women and children in the New Orleans area are homeless.