SRU's Empty Bowls Project puts
focus on local, world hunger issues
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University AmeriCorps members, in conjunction with the University's art department, will host its 15th annual Empty Bowls Project designed to raise hunger awareness and raise support for local food banks.
This year's dinner is 4-7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the University Union. Tickets are $6 for SRU students and $8 for the general public. Funds raised will help support the Slippery Rock Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard.
Pre-sale tickets, $5 for all participants, will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Student Government Association Pavilion.
The Empty Bowls Project is an international undertaking to fight hunger on a community level. Art teacher John Hartom initiated the original project in 1990-91 when he joined a drive to raise charitable funds in his Michigan community. Hartom's idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference.
His students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Guests kept their empty bowl as a reminder of hunger problems.
SRU's program follows a similar path with art students and volunteers making the bowls in the SRU Art Ceramic Studio. Guests select their bowl before the dinner and then take home their bowl. Local farmers donate much of the ingredients used in making the soups. AVI Food Service, the campus contract food vendor, provides the cooks.
SRU's "Empty Bowls" has raised more than $40,000.
A special bowl-making session will be offered 7-10 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Art Ceramics Building. Volunteers will make and paint bowls that will be kiln-fired before use at the dinner.
SRU AmeriCorps Community Fellows, which is sponsoring the event, are part of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
For more information call Laurel A. Dagnon, program director, at 724.738.2030.