SOLVE holding Empty Bowls Banquet

For immediate release: March 18, 2010

BLOOMSBURG— The Empty Bowls Banquet, an annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, will be held Sunday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Kehr Union Ballroom. The banquet is open to students and members of the local community. The fee is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 5 years old.

All participants receive a bowl upon arrival which they may keep as a reminder that some people have no food. The event, which is sponsored by BU’s SOLVE (Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment) office, is the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard’s biggest, single-day fundraiser. It is part of a national movement by Volunteers in Service to America to raise money to fight hunger and promote community art and action.

This year’s bowls were crafted by community members, artists and BU students. The soups and bread are donated by local restaurants, and any leftover food will be packaged and given to the food cupboard. The event will include entertainment, such as pianists, singers and dancers; children’s activities; and a dessert sale.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.