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‘Empty Bowls’ dinner is stark reminder of hunger

Monday, March 7, 2016

It’s not just chicken soup that’s good for the soul.

Mercyhurst University’s annual Empty Bowls dinner — where guests dine on a simple meal of soup and bread — is a stark reminder of the very real problem of poverty in our community. The public event takes place Sunday, April 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Laker Inn of the Mercyhurst student union. Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.

"Empty Bowls allows us to partner with local restaurants and students across campus to bring increased awareness to hunger in Erie and the lasting effects of hunger throughout the world," said Riley Norton, Empty Bowls committee chair. The event is organized by MSG and student volunteers from the social work and art education clubs.

More than 200 handmade bowls have been crafted for the meal, with the bulk of the work completed by art majors. Students from Collegiate Academy are also donating handmade bowls.

The public is welcome to attend; prices are $15 for soup and a handcrafted bowl or $5 just for soup.

Music will accompany the event, as well as a silent art auction, which will display pieces donated by local artists.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, although it is recommended they be purchased in advance.

(2015 File Photo)