Combating Food Insecurity and Hunger

Education and Action at Mesa Community College

MESA, Ariz. – October 15, 2018 – Mesa Community College invites community members to learn about food insecurity and hunger and how to contribute to its eradication. Events are being held at both MCC campuses in October in conjunction with annual Empty Bowls events.

Food Box Cooking Competitions feature local chefs paired with MCC faculty, students and Mesa civic and organizational leaders preparing nutritious and savory meals using ingredients commonly found in local food assistance boxes.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MCC Southern and Dobson Campus
Student Lounge, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MCC Red Mountain Campus
Mesquite Building, 7110 E. McKellips, Rd., Mesa

Community Resource Expos featuring community organizations providing basic needs services precede Food Box Cooking Competitions.

Empty Bowls art charity events are made possible through collaborations with local businesses, schools and community groups. For a $10 donation, patrons select a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ceramic bowl and receive a modest, delicious meal of soup and bread. All proceeds from MCC Empty Bowls events directly benefit those served by Paz de Cristo Community Center, the nonprofit providing anti-hunger and empowerment support for the East Valley's homeless, unemployed, working poor and their families.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
MCC Southern and Dobson Campus
Navajo Room, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
MCC Red Mountain Campus
Mesquite Bldg., 7110 E. McKellips, Rd., Mesa

Food Security Podcast brings community agencies and their guests together to discuss food resources in the East Valley and the sharing of personal stories.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2-3:30 p.m. Live or in person.
MCC Southern and Dobson Campus, LB 145/Library first floor, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

“It is a natural evolution to expand the fighting-hunger message of our very successful Empty Bowls events. Our community has come together annually for more than 20 years to support Empty Bowls, raising thousands of dollars to help feed our hungry neighbors,” said Linda Speranza, MCC Art Faculty and longtime, anti-hunger advocate. "We realize some our students might need sustenance support. Many also want to engage in the ongoing fight to help make adequate nutrition available to others in need.”

The tradition of hands-on giving experiences for students, faculty and staff continues throughout the year as many from MCC serve meals at Paz de Cristo, MCC’s Empty Bowls beneficiary.

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer,, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for service-learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to higher education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. MCC is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body that enriches the learning experience. Renowned faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and nationally. MCC, located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of 10 colleges comprising the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information visit

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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2018