BU’s Empty Bowls banquet benefits local food cupboard

For Immediate Release

Date:  March 17, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—Locally prepared soups and chowders served in handcrafted bowls, live entertainment, home-baked goods, a kids’ corner and a silent auction will be featured at the fourth annual Empty Bowls banquet. The event to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard will be held Sunday, April 2, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Kehr Union Ballroom.


The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students. After eating, diners may keep their bowls as reminders that others in the area are hungry. All food, bowls and services are donated.


“Over the years, many artists and craftspeople have come together to create and decorate the bowls that are an essential part of the event,” said Jean Downing, director of Bloomsburg University’s SOLVE office, sponsor of the event. “Restaurants, culinary classes, church organizations and businesses, as well as civic groups and individuals, have donated the soup for each of these four events. And all have given generously of their time, facilities and expertise.”


Empty Bowls is a combined effort of students from BU and local schools, volunteers from campus and civic organizations, artists, chefs, entertainers and others. “It blends together the best that the community has to offer in all aspects to focus on the problem of hunger and do something positive about it,” said Downing.


In 2005 area families received more than 15,000 bags of groceries from the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, which is a ministry of St. Columba Catholic Church and the Bloomsburg Ministerium. These efforts began in 1996 and continue to be an important part of the battle against hunger in this region.


For information about Empty Bowls 2006 or to purchase tickets, contact BU’s SOLVE office at (570) 389-4788. Tickets also will be available at the door.


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.