February 16, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host an Empty Bowls program on Thursday, March 1, at two times: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 7:30 p.m.

A simple meal of soup and bread will be served in the Center Room (Room 256), located on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

A minimum donation of $10 purchases a hand-made bowl that participants may keep. This is the seventh year that Bucknell has sponsored the Empty Bowls program.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement, the Craft Center, Parkhurst Dining Services. Several local restaurants including the Bull Run Inn, Good Wil's, Hotel Edison and Townside Garden Cafe are donating soup to the program.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Community Harvest Meal in Milton, a weekly collaboration of Bucknell University, Parkhurst Dining Services, St. Andrew's United Methodist Church and Weis Markets. Volunteers, including Bucknell students, serve a free hot meal to about 200 people every Monday throughout the year at Community Harvest.

Fighting local hunger
The Empty Bowls meal at Bucknell is open to all who would like to enjoy a soup meal while helping to fill the bowls of others in the local community.

"Many folks do not realize that there are people in our area that do not have food to eat on a daily basis," said Lynn Pierson, assistant director for community service at Bucknell. "This event aims to raise awareness that hunger is everywhere including our own area. Guests get to take home an 'empty bowl' of their choice to remind them that there are many individuals in our society struggling with hunger," she said.

Art and community service
The bowls used to serve the soup are first handcrafted and glazed by students and local potters. Gretchen Heuges, coordinator of Bucknell's Craft Center, organized a "Bowl-a-thon" last November, when students, faculty, staff and area artists joined together to make about 100 ceramic bowls for the project in one day.

"The Empty Bowls Project is a great way to blend art with community service," said Heuges. "Students really enjoy the process of making the bowls, but more importantly, the project raises the awareness of local hunger and need, something that many do not know exists."

It is estimated that about one in eight Americans does not have access to enough food. Empty Bowls meals occur in many schools across the nation and have raised millions of dollars to combat hunger. Michigan art teacher John Hartom initiated the idea in 1991 with his high school students.

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