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April 11, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University students will host an Empty Bowls Meal Sunday, April 24, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

For a minimum donation of $10, participants can select a handmade bowl and are served a simple supper of soup and bread. A number of Lewisburg restaurants are each donating several gallons of soup for the project.

For three months, artisans and beginners at Bucknell's Craft Center have been handcrafting, glazing, and firing ceramic bowls, yielding a collection of 160 unique and colorful bowls.

Participants can keep the selected bowls as a reminder that there are many empty bowls and empty stomachs in this world, according to Janice Butler, director of the Office of Service-Learning at Bucknell.

Proceeds from Bucknell's Empty Bowls project will be donated to a number of local food programs.

The Sunday afternoon meal is the conclusion to a lengthy project organized by the university's Scholars in Service, Office of Service-Learning, Community Service Program, and the Craft Center.

"The Empty Bowls meal is open to all who would like to come enjoy a simple meal while helping to fill the bowls of others in the local community, " said Butler.

Originally conceived of by a Michigan art teacher, the Empty Bowls project occurs in many schools across the nation and has raised millions of dollars to combat hunger.

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handmade bowls made for the Empty Bowls project

Sophomore Kurt Bierbower unpacking handmade bowls

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