Eat soup. Take home your bowl. Fight hunger.


empty bowls

Oct. 30, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The mission of Slippery Rock University's Nov. 5 Empty Bowls program is simple: Eat so that others may eat.

The annual hunger awareness program will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. in the Smith Center Ballroom, with more than 300 bowls available for participants to buy. Proceeds will benefit local hunger-fighting organizations and help provide Thanksgiving dinner for an estimated 150 local families.

The premise of the event is simple: Participants select a homemade bowl, crafted by SRU students, for $5. In return, they receive a meager lunch of soup and bread and then get to take home the bowl they purchased. Organizers hope the bowls will serve as a constant reminder of hunger issues in the community. Participants may also donate canned foods.

Empty Bowls is a hunger awareness program started 25 years ago by Imagine/RENDER, a non-profit organization.

"The project was brought here to help students recognize that there is a need in surrounding communities, such as the New Castle and Butler areas," said Megan White, a communication major from Hopewell who is helping with Empty Bowls. "Not only does this project spread awareness to the students and faculty, but it helps to provide around 150 families with dinner on Thanksgiving."

The bowls, which were crafted by members of the SRU Potter's Guild and students during open studio time, will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is sponsoring the event.

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