SoWashCo CARES/Empty Bowls Event Draws Over 600 People

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 15:10

For just $10, attendees were given a simple meal of soup, bread and water. They could choose a handmade bowl to remind them of hunger in the world. Teachers Mary Otremba and Julie Christensen worked with other district art teachers and Community Ed staff so that students of all ages, along with adults in Community Education classes, could make pottery to donate.  Area restaurants and grocery stores came together to provide soup, bread and water.

The money will be split between SoWashCo CARES and Feed My Starving Children. The following community organizations shared information:

  • Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS)
  • Friends in Need (FIN)
  • Stone Soup Thrift Shop
  • Youth Service Bureau
  • Woodbury Rotary
  • Big Brothers/Sisters
  • Woodbury Thrives
  • GIFTS (Gals in Faith Together Serving)..making mittens to include in packs.
  • Warming With Love..women knitters...making hats to include in packs.

The gym was filled with empty boxes and tables of packaged food ready for families to pack boxes assembly-line style so that food supplies are ready to give to families in need over the holidays. 

Thank you to our “Celebrity” waiters!

  • Superintendent Keith Jacobus
  • Assistant Superintendents Julie Nielsen and Mike Johnson
  • Community Ed Director Bob Lawrence
  • Director of Teaching and Learning Services Matt Dorschner
  • School Board Members Ron Kath, Tracy Brunnette and Katie Schwartz
  • Principals Lela Olson, Sara Palodichuk, Jennifer Holt, Molly Roeske, Elise Block, Ed Ross, Ginger Garski, Theresa Blume-Thole, Connha Classon, Candace Hofstad, Karin Lopez, Sara Sorenson-Wagner, and Jim Smokrovich
  • Representatives Tony Jurgens, Keith Franke, JoAnn Ward and Mayors Sandi Dingle and Dan Lund
  • Twin Cities Live hosts Kelli Hansen and Emily Engberg 
  • Woodbury Fire Chief Shawn Kobylarczyk, CG Police Chief Craig Woolery, Woodbury Police Chief Lee Vague, and St. Paul Park Police Chief Jessica Billmeyer
  • Director of Friends in Need Food Shelf Michelle Rageth
  • Student volunteers including the WHS football team and their coach Andy Hill, Lake MS Builder’s Club students who decorated the placemats, and Student Council members.
  • Park High school students who provided a pottery wheel demonstration.
  • Lake Middle Orchestra Director Kathryn Buccola and Band Director Doug Bradley who lined up student musicians to provide solo background music during the dinner.

Special thanks to the following businesses for donating soup, bread and water! Tinucci’s, Angelina’s Kitchen, Cloverleaf Bar, Done Right Food Services, North Pole Restaurant, Park Café, Ray J’s, Applebees, Trader Joes, River Oaks, Kowalski’s, Lunds & Byerly’s, Cub Foods and Hy-Vee. Big thanks to Wendy Tracy and Kelli Moore from Nutrition Services for overseeing the soup process. Special thanks to Lake Middle School principal Molly Roeske and staff, and Girl Scouts who prepared table tents with hunger statistics.

To learn more about the work of SoWashCo CARES, visit @SoWashCoCARES on Facebook or contact Cheryl Jogger at