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Empty Bowls event to fight local hunger


The Union College Empty Bowls Project, an annual dinner fundraiser supporting Concerned for the Hungry, Schenectady City Mission and Bethesda House, will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at Proctor’s GE Theater.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Every year, potters, artists, educators, children and other members of the community come together to create hand crafted bowls and share a humble meal of soup and bread.

This year’s menu, including gluten-free soup, will be provided by Bombers, Our Daily Bread, Divinitea, the Campus Kitchen, and Union College's Sodexo. Several local businesses have donated gift cards to be raffled off at the event. College singing groups, U-Break and a local Schenectady acoustic folk band will provide entertainment.

As always, guests are encouraged to keep one of the handmade ceramic bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Student organizers Jennifer Sexton, Gerardo Reyes, Bin Chen and Stefan Basile have arranged the event so that 100% of proceeds will go to the non-profits serving Schenectady’s hungry. At last year’s dinner, participants raised over $3,000.

Tickets will be available at the Kenney Community Center, at the Empty Bowls Project table in Reamer during common hour and at the door. The cost is $15 for Union students and $20 for the general public.