February 28, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University students will host an Empty Bowls program on Tuesday, March 8, 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 Walls Lounge, 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 sixth year that Bucknell has sponsored the Empty Bowls program.

The Empty Bowls project is sponsored by the Bucknell University Community Service Program, Office of Civic Engagement, and the Craft Center. Bucknell Dining Services and several area restaurants, including The Townside Garden Cafe, Pronto Provisions with Passion, and Hotel Edison 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, typically serve a free hot meal to about 160 to 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. It is something that is taken for granted a lot of the time, as we have many options not only on campus but on Market Street," said Lynn Pierson, assistant director for community service at Bucknell.

"The Community Harvest Meal supplements food for people who have to face those choices on a daily basis," she said. "As a community, we do have the capacity to help end hunger in our own neighborhoods and this is one way to accomplish that. This program is not only a fundraiser but will hopefully bring some awareness of this important issue."

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.

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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