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State College Area High School hosts its annual 'Empty Bowls' event

by on April 18, 2013 11:15 AM

STATE COLLEGE — State College Area High School will host its annual Empty Bowls event on April 24 at Chatter’s Cafe in State College High School South.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with two seatings available — 6 and 7 p.m. This is a cooperative effort between State College Area School District Art students, Culinary Arts students and the State College Food Bank.

Attending guests are asked to email their reservations to and include the following: name, reservation seating, how many attending, and soup preference. Soups will include California vegetable chili (vegan), southwestern shicken tortilla, smoked seafood chowder and Thai red curry. Cost is $35 per person. Checks should be made out to State College Area Food Bank. Reservations will be limited to a first come first serve basis, with a maximum seating of 30 for each time slot.

Empty Bowls is a worldwide grassroots movement aimed to address world hunger. In exchange for a cash donation, guests receive a handcrafted pottery bowl and a freshly prepared meal of soup, salad, artisan bread and dessert. Guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The bowls are created by State High students enrolled in ceramics and members of the pottery club. Additionally, the meal is also created by State High students enrolled in the culinary arts program. This year Galaxy guest artist Lynn Anne Verbeck also helped students make artwork for the event. There will be live jazz as well as a silent art auction. All proceeds go directly to the State College Area Food Bank to help end hunger in the community.

State College Area High School has a long tradition of Empty Bowls events beginning in 1998. Created by The Imagine Render Group, events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Each individual or group organizing an Empty Bowls event designs it around the needs of their own community. The largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America, reports that the nation’s food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Millions of people have lost their jobs during the most recent recession and the number of food stamp recipients has increased dramatically, making fundraisers like Empty Bowls more vital than ever.

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