Empty Bowls set for April 3 at BU

BLOOMSBURG - Everyone is welcome to sample some of the region’s best soups and chowders and help fight hunger in this region at the same time. Empty Bowls 2005 will be held Sunday, April 3, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Kehr Union, Ballroom, to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students. Diners may keep their bowls to serve as a reminder that someone else is hungry.

Last year’s event raised $4,000 for the Food Cupboard as volunteers dished out more than 400 servings of soup. Artists from the region create the handcrafted bowls in the months before the dinner. Area restaurants and other culinary specialists donate the soup.

“The Empty Bowls banquet is an important source of funds for us each year,” said Martha Sheehe, coordinator of The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. “But the banquet is also a great event to bring people together from throughout the community.”

Jean Downing, director of BU’s SOLVE office which hosts the event, agrees that producing the banquet each year is important, blending the talents of many to attack a problem while sharing in the process.

“Each year this event allows university students, people from the community, businesses, churches and high school students to band together to fight the problems of hunger in this region,” said Sheehe. “We saw an increase of almost 14 percent in the amount of food we distributed when we compared 2004 with 2003. That’s not to say that this is just a local problem. It exists here, across the state and nation and around the world. But we can do something to make things better here. And that is what Empty Bowls is all about.”

In 2004 the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard distributed more than 17,000 bags of food to people from the greater Bloomsburg area, who needed aid in combating hunger.

In addition, the evening at Kehr Union will feature entertainment and a bake sale. A kids’ corner will offer activities and crafts.

For more information, contact the SOLVE office at (570) 389-4788.