Tsawwassen students help fill a need
Students from Tsawwassen's South Park Elementary school continued their generous donations to the hungry with the Empty Bowls event last week.
The program has students hand craft clay bowls which are then used for a special lunch their parents attend at the school where for a donation the bowl is filled with a hearty, vegetable soup.
Money raised goes to a local, charitable organization.
This year, the $700 raised will go to the South Delta Foodbank/Community Kitchen, said teacher Yvette Kruckenberg, who added the event is a way of making the students socially responsible.
The Community Kitchen is run by local caterer and instructor Jini Aroon who runs Jini's Ethnic Gourmet.
Aroon started the kitchen a few years ago to help feed those at Christmas time. And that grew to include weekly appearances at the Delta Foodbank.
Aroon told students and parents at the Empty Bowls event the opportunity to provide the service filled a need for those relying on the food bank who may not be adept at preparing food to get an immediate meal.
Aroon thanked those gathered for the donations and said the fundraiser is a good way of setting an example to the young students.
"That's the main lesson here," she said.