Empty Bowls helps fill empty stomachs

For Immediate Release:  March 17, 2014

Empty Bowls

BLOOMSBURG — Empty Bowls, an international hunger awareness and fundraising event, returns to Bloomsburg University to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

The 12th annual Empty Bowls event will be held on Sunday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. A minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students is requested for unlimited soups. Children under 5-years-old eat free. #SenseOfCommunity

Dozens of area restaurants, chefs and community groups will donate soups and breads, which will be served by hundreds of volunteers consisting of BU students, faculty, staff and community members. Activities for children will be available. Event participants can purchase keepsake bowls decorated by local artists for an additional $10. Baked dessert items and raffle items will also be available for purchase.

In Columbia County, 13.2 percent of residents are termed “food insecure,” according to feedamerica.org, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate food. The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard reaches out to feed hundreds of families in the area.

BU’s Empty Bowls event was established in 2003 by the SOLVE volunteer office and the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.