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To the Editor:

Many thanks to the Bennington community for coming together around the recent 2019 Bennington Empty Bowls Soup Supper. The event, and all the work leading up to it, was a wonderful example of our community and Bennington College working together on behalf of shared goals. Each of the students in Yoko Inoue's Social Kitchen course spent many hours this fall in the classroom, in the ceramics studio, in elementary and high school classrooms, at the Kitchen Cupboard, and at the Farmers' Market, interacting with townspeople through conversations, bowl making, soup making and soup serving, farm and garden visits, and other activities. More than 130 community members participated in the weekend bowl making/ bowl glazing workshops hosted by Bennington College Ceramics over the past several months. Students at Bennington Elementary School and MAUHS made and contributed bowls, as did several local studios.

The event was amazingly successful by the numbers (1,110 beautiful bowls were made; 950 people attended the event; 124 gallons of soup were consumed; 107 community volunteers assisted with the event; 31 Bennington College students from four different academic courses engaged in experiential learning.) The soup line was long and slow at times but conversations were animated as friends and neighbors enjoyed their soup in solidarity with those in our community who experience food insecurity.

What an incredible community! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sue Andrews,

Shaftsbury


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