On February 8, 2014 - Youth Action Hudson held our annual Empty Bowls program at Hudson High School. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement created by The Imagine Render Group to fight hunger. The basic idea is simple: guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread in exchange for free will donations.The money raised is donated to a local organization that serves those suffering from food insecurity.
The national poverty level for a family of 4 in 2014 is $23,850. More than 8% of individuals and families in Hudson are below the poverty level, and more than 12% of all St. Croix County individuals and families fall below the poverty level. YAH puts on our annual Empty Bowls program to raise awareness of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity in our community.
This year, YAH youth volunteers chose to donate all the proceeds from our Empty Bowls dinner to Grace Place, the only homeless shelter serving St. Croix County. Grace Place provides safe, temporary shelter for individuals and families in need. Their goal is to promote self-sufficiency by providing a safe and secure environment. Through education, individuals are encouraged to be responsible for themselves and others. During their 30-90 day stay, residents are provided with food, education, activities, counseling and assistance in finding jobs and permanent housing. By providing a play to live and access to essential community resources, Grace Place programs empower residents to become self sufficient.
Through the genorousity of community members, organizations and businesses, YAH was able to raise more than $1,000 to donate to Grace Place!!
Of course, the Empty Bowls program would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors and donors. A HUGE thank you to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: