Mercyhurst 'Empty Bowls' event raises awareness, funds for hungry

The 300 empty bowls that will soon decorate the homes of Erie area residents are not just conversation pieces, but a reminder that there are families among us who have nothing to eat.

That is the message behind Mercyhurst College’s fifth annual “Empty Bowls” meal, slated for Sunday, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Egan Dining Hall on the Erie campus, 501 E. 38th St.

A project of the Mercyhurst College Social Work and Art Departments, the popular community project has raised several thousand dollars annually in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania since the fundraiser began. For a $15 donation, guests receive a meal of soup, bread and beverage; enjoy live entertainment; and then have the pleasure of taking home a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls donated by student artists from Mercyhurst College.

Nearly 300 bowls are being made this year in hopes that each participant will keep one in remembrance of those whose bowls are too often empty. Although tickets for the event are $15 apiece, meal-only tickets for adults and children (no bowl) are available for $5 and $3, respectively.

Please call Dr. Peggy Black at 824-2453 to order tickets in advance. This will allow an adequate count for the number of bowls needed. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Mercyhurst social work student Danielle Hanna at 824-2710, or e-mail her at

The event is supported by a Mercyhurst Academic Enrichment Grant.
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