Cup of Kindness

Posted on July 02, 2014

Rhein Center students are creating art to help the Danbury Food Pantry during a time of urgent need. Danbury Food Pantry had its funding cut by 80% due to a change in the federal government’s funding formula.

The Rev. Janine Dress, founder of the food pantry, explained that the new funding is now based on year-round residency instead of unemployment rates.

There are very few year-round residents who live on the Marblehead Peninsula, which has caused the new level of funding to not meet the peninsula’s needs for the Danbury Food Pantry.

Recognizing the pantry’s need for ongoing financial assistance, the Rhein Center’s once-a-summer Empty Bowls fundraiser has been replaced with Cup of Kindness.

Cup of Kindness is a class that is offered through the Rhein Center. During the class, students learn ceramic technique from ceramist Pat Scott, while creating two artisan cups: one to keep and one to donate to the Cup of Kindness project.

The class fee covers the cost of producing the cups. After two kiln firings, they are artistically packaged along with two free-market tea bags, donated by the Lakeside United Methodist Church.

The cups are then delivered to Artists-N-Cahoots, where they are available for purchase at a suggested donation of $8.

The donations are delivered weekly to the Danbury Food Pantry and gift cards are used to purchase milk and eggs, as well as cleaning supplies and staple food items.

Danbury Food Pantry, located at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Church Road, is open the third Saturday of every month.

Pantry day requires approximately 25 workers to help with organization. Food distribution is maintained by community members and volunteers from local churches.

To sign up for this Rhein Center class, visit http://www.lakesidohio com/arts/classes.