Water’s Edge and “Blessings in a Backpack” would like to thank teachers Tina Keller, Beth Scoggin and Jacob Zapor and their students at New Buffalo High School who worked so hard to make their annual “Empty Bowls” dinner a huge success.  

We are very thankful to be the recipient of the donations that were given at the dinner to help support Blessings in a Backpack in New Buffalo.

For a donation, members of the community were served a delicious meal of soup and chili with all the toppings, drinks and desserts.  

In addition to the wonderful meal prepared by teachers and parents, each person attending the dinner was able to pick out a beautifully handcrafted ceramic bowl to take home that was made by Middle and High School Art students. Each bowl was different and very unique.  There were large bowls, small bowls, shaped bowls and bowls with pictures painted inside of them and they were all beautiful!  

The bowls served as a reminder of all of the empty bowls around the world where people don’t have enough food to eat and struggle daily.

More than 13 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes. Children receive breakfast and lunch at school during the week, but many families wonder where the food will come from on the weekends. Through generous donations and many volunteers, Blessings in a Backpack sends food home with elementary students who might not have enough food to eat on the weekends.

Thank you to all of you for your time, thoughtfulness and generosity to Blessings in a Backpack. A big thank you to all of the community members that attended the dinner and supported the students and Blessings in a Backpack.

With gratitude,

Mary Robertson

Water’s Edge United Methodist Church

Blessings in a Backpack

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