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Bowls for BrainPower set for April 23

Bowls for BrainPower, previously known as Empty Bowls for Full Bellies, is set for April 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Campus Cup Café at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. in Burnsville.

Students and other community volunteers have been making bowls throughout the school year for the Bowls for Brainpower event.

Now in its fifth year, this annual fund-raiser supports BrainPower in a Backpack, a largely student-supported community service program that provides weekend meals to local students in need. BrainPower currently sends food home with 470 children each weekend during the school year.

Like in past years, attendees of Bowls for BrainPower can make a free-will donation and receive a simple meal of soup and bread, along with a homemade pottery bowl as a reminder that children in our community face empty bowls every day. In the first four years of the event, more than $37,000 was raised to support BrainPower in a Backpack. Organizers say their goal is to raise $13,000 this year

BrainPower in Backpack is a collaboration between the Burnsville High School art department and the District 191 Community Education Youth Service Program. The program relies on volunteers, including high school students, and donations from organizations including Foundation 191 and the Burnsville Noon Rotary.

This year’s Bowls for BrainPower sponsors also include BHS Blaze Fund, Blick Art Materials-Edina, Campus Cup Café, ISD 191 Community Education, Continental Clay, Dakota Electric Association, Foundation 191, Skyline Displays Midwest, Target, and Valley Natural Foods.

For more information about Bowls for BrainPower and BrainPower in a Backpack, go to or contact Tim Hammes at 612-308-0789 or

Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:54