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OCT. 5, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

‘Soups on!” for SRU’s Empty Bowls project continues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Soups on,” is the word at Slippery Rock University where students are organizing the 16th annual Empty Bowl Dinner designed to put the focus on local, state, national and world hunger issues, while raising funds for local food pantries.

This year’s dinner will be 4-7 p.m., Oct. 13, in the University Union. Admission is $8 for the general public and $6 for SRU students. Tickets are on sale at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in the University Union, or at the door.

Participants select a ceramic soup bowl made by SRU students, have a meager meal of soup and bread, and then take home the soup bowl as a reminder of hunger issues. The more than 500 bowls used during the project were made during the “All Night Bowling” event in the SRU Ceramic Studio.

Soups, made in AVI Fresh Mark’s on-campus kitchens, use donated ingredients from local produce farms. Panera Bread is donating bread. A number of area businesses have provided financial support.

SRU students will provide music and dance entertainment during the dinner.

 The original “Empty Bowls” project was initiated by art teacher John Hartom in 1990 when he joined a drive to raise charitable funds in his Michigan community. The original concept was to give local artists and art students a way to make a personal difference in fighting hunger.

SRU’s “Empty Bowls” has raised more than $40,000.

            For more information call Laurel Dagnon, program director in SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, at 724.738.2030.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.