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Written by Mike Woody   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

The Artists Against Hunger, directed by Mayumi Kiefer, have created a design to help feed area children in need. It’s estimated that 1 of every 5 students in Miami County are malnourished, which negatively affects their performance in the classroom. On Saturday, November 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church a soup dinner is being held, from which all proceeds will go towards agencies within Tipp City that feed the hungry.

It’s the first event that Kiefer has organized in Miami County. Artists Against Hunger have teamed with 11 area school districts; including, Tipp City, Bethel, and Miami East; to make the ceramic bowls. Other artists, such as Sally Watson of the Hotel Gallery, also donate bowls. Businesses and individuals donate soup, food, beverages and disposable utensils. The meal is all free, and all you can eat, but the public is encouraged to purchase the bowls for a minimum donation of $10. There is no paid staff; all expenses are covered from donations so 100% of the proceeds go to the proper agencies.

“If things go well, we’re hoping that will be the biggest bowl event in the state of Ohio,” said Kiefer. Other such dinners are planned for other cities in Miami County over the next two months. The goal is to sell over 2,000 bowls in November & December.

From research, Kiefer has found that 27% of Miami County families consist of one parent (typically a mother) and two children. The average income is $1,525 which is half of what’s needed to feed a family of three. The hope is to help raise funds for more children to receive better nourishment and help strengthen their minds for school.

For the past two years Kiefer has hosted such events in Hardin County and is excited to expand into Miami County. Volunteers are always welcome and needed to help everything go smoothly. A number of Tipp City restaurants are donating food for November 17.

While the primary purpose is to help in the fight towards hunger, another benefit is the opportunity to purchase a piece of art. Many of the bowl makers are talented and make perfect decorative pieces.

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