Tina White knows what it's like to be hungry.
"Once you've gone through that, you don't want other people to go through it," said the HCC liberal arts major from Ware. "I know there are students at HCC who are hungry."
Last week's Empty Bowls Fundraiser, held Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the lobby of the HCC Fine & Performing Arts building, was White's idea, and she personally made about 60 ceramic bowls for the event, which raised some $1,400 for the HCC Food Pantry.
"We're really excited about it," she said. "I had seen a lot of other schools doing this."
HCC students, faculty and staff could pay $10 to buy a handmade ceramic bowl and then have it filled with one of many soups and stews prepared by HCC Visual Arts students and White's ceramics teacher Adero Willard.
"Empty Bowls is something that a lot of organizations are doing to raise money for hunger," said Willard, who helped organize the event.
Willard is a a member of POW (Pots on Wheels), a collaborative of local artists who have a traveling pottery truck, which was parked outside the building during the fundraiser.
White had previously worked with Dorothy Blair, HCC's former coordinator of Community Based Federal Work Study and advisor to the Unity Club. Blair ran an ad hoc food pantry out of her office on the first floor of the Donahue Building before she retired last summer.
HCC is now organizing a more formal food pantry to address food insecurity on campus. Jeff Hayden, vice president of Business and Community Services, said the HCC Food Pantry will be open for the start of the Spring semester and located in room 107 of the Campus Center, next to the college bookstore.
White said 100 percent of the proceeds from the Empy Bowls fundraiser will go to the HCC Food Pantry, and she hopes it will become an annual event.
PHOTOS by CHRIS YURKO: (Left) Students and staff at HCC created more than 100 bowls for last week's Empty Bowls fundraiser for the HCC Food Pantry. (Right) HCC student Lourdes Lebron serves a bowl of soup during last week's Empty Bowls fundraiser for the HCC Food Pantry. (Thumbnail) HCC ceramics teacher Adero Willard holds up some of the bowls for sale at last week's Empty Bowls fundraiser.