April 13, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University students will host an Empty Bowls Meal April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The proceeds from Bucknell's Empty Bowls Meal will be donated to Elijah's Bowl in Sunbury and Community Harvest in Milton, programs that serve hot meals to local needy families once a week.

Empty Bowls meals occur in many schools across the nation and have raised millions of dollars to combat hunger. Bucknell's Empty Bowls Meal is the conclusion to a lengthy project managed by the Scholars in Service, Office of Service-Learning, Community Service Program, and the Craft Center.

"The local community and Bucknell have really offered a lot of support as the project comes together," said first-year student and project coordinator Emily Haley.

The bowls used to serve the soup are first handcrafted and glazed by students. At the meal, guests donate a minimum of $10 to select one of the handmade bowls and receive a simple meal of bread and soup. The bowl can be kept by guests as a reminder that there are many empty bowls and empty stomachs in this world.

Gretchen Heuges, director of the Craft Center, said, "The Empty Bowls Project draws on participants' talents and sense of community, while also encouraging people to think of creative ways to solve a common problem."

Haley emphasizes that a major point of this project is to raise awareness: "Many people believe hunger problems exist only in poorer parts of the world; they don't realize that there are people going hungry right here."

The Empty Bowls Meal is open to all who would like to come enjoy a soup meal while helping to fill the bowls of others in the local community. For more information, call Janice Butler, director of the Office of Service-Learning, at 577-3973.

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Story posted April 12, 2006

Bucknell sophomore Lucy Conklin with bowls made on Craft Center potter's wheel.

Bucknell students hand-craft bowls for the Empty Bowls project.

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