MASON CITY, Iowa - An artistic effort to feed the hungry is inspiring creativity while raising awareness.
The 'Empty Bowls' project consists of bowls that are uniquely decorated by local artists, students and just regular people helped create each design. The artistry helps paint a very real picture - that hunger for local families still exists.
Ozzie Ohl is a volunteer for the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, and knows it's a very real problem.
"It really is a very symbolic thing, it really is symbolic of an empty stomach, so that's why we chose to do the Empty Bowl project," Ohl says.
Ohl adds that the need to is important all year, especially with summer on the horizon.
"As we get towards the summer months, kids are out of school, there's a bigger need for food. So this is very important fundraiser for Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank," Ohl says.
Various designs will be on display at the two Cent Credit Unions in Mason City until May 18th.
Last year, Hawkeye Harvest served over 2,000 people in 60 communities across North Iowa.