LOGAN -- A group of Utah State University graduate students is asking you to fill your soup bowl to support those who can't.
The students will sponsor an Empty Bowls lunch Thursday in Logan. The premise: Organizers sell soup donated by local restaurants and serve it in handmade bowls that the diners take home. Money raised is donated to a food-related charity -- in this case, Cache Community Food Pantry -- and participants get a reminder to support hunger charities every time they open their kitchen cabinet and see their homemade bowl.
"It's a national movement that began in North Carolina," said USU grad student Megan Schwender. "As an undergraduate in Maine, I participated in an Empty Bowl event, and when I came here for school, I realized we could fill a niche."
Schwender, 32 and a native of Washington state, said the USU Ceramics Guild has agreed to donate 250 handmade bowls.
"They are beautiful, a lot of them made by graduate students and members of the Guild," Schwender said. "The dean of our college, of Natural Resources, has donated money to cover some of the cost of clay and glaze."
Area restaurants and bakeries have agreed to donate soup and bread. The list of contributors includes Caffe Ibis, Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread, Elements, Firehouse Pizzeria, Great Harvest Bread Company, The Image Foundry, Jack's Wood Fired Oven, Juniper Take Out, Old Grist Mill and USU Catering.
"We have been pleasantly surprised by the generosity of everyone in the community," said Schwender, who studies wildlife resources. "Not one person we've told about this hasn't raised their eyebrows and asked, 'Why haven't we done this before?' "
A serving of soup, with bowl, will cost $8 to $10, depending on selections. Vegetarian soup options will be available. The soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the USU Natural Resources Building, at 5200 Old Main Hill.
"We hope to make a generous contribution to the food pantry," Schwender said. "It will be a drop in the bucket compared to the need, but we hope our effort will also catch the attention of those able to make bigger donations."
The USU event has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usuemptybowls.