Empty Bowls 2017 fundraiser works to fight hunger

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This year’s Empty Bowls Project fundraising dinner will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Old Chapel. The fundraising event is organized and run by Union student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

Begun in 1990 as a national grassroots effort to raise awareness of and help fight food insecurity at the community level, a group of Union students introduced Empty Bowls to Schenectady in 2009. Student volunteers and community members have come together to support the City Mission of Schenectady, Bethesda House and Concerned for the Hungry - three local organizations dedicated to combating hunger in the area.

Participants will also receive a handmade ceramic bowl of their choice, which they may keep at the end of the night as a symbol of the “empty bowls” that many of our community’s vulnerable residents.

This year’s student co-chairs are Ian Koon ’18 and Mikaela Buryj ’20. The planning committee includes Phoebe Hallahan ’20, Cameron Bechtold ’20, Katee Sosa 20, Kaylie Corda ’20, Trevor Atkins ’20, Valeria Park ’20, Emily Walsh ’20 and Megan Brown ’20. The Eliphalets, Dutch Pipers, Union Ukuladies and Larry Lewis will provide entertainment.

Tickets will also be sold at the door and more information is available on the Facebook event.