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Empty Bowls: one organizations efforts to raise awareness about homelessness

Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 17:29:46-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Being homeless in a cold environment isn't easy, that's why Friends of Night people is trying to raise awareness for its cause in a unique way.

"Create art work that allows them to express what hunger and poverty and food insecurity means to them," Joseph Heary, executive director of Friends of Night People, said.

Friends of the Night People is an organization that "provides essential services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty," in Buffalo.

Students from across Western New York created paper mache and clay bowls to represent homelessness.

"To suggest ways through art work that they can make a difference in the world," Heary said.

These bowls were on display at this years Soup Fest, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

"When you think of soup and winter the first thing you think of is comfort and taking care of people," Matt Carlucci, founder of Soup Fest, said.

It's a perfect pair. Soup and raising awareness for homelessness.

"A cup of soup is like a cup of love," Heary said.

Friends of Night People hopes to raise around $3,000. However, Heary said it's more about the principle than the money.

If you want to donate, you can go to its website