2011 Empty Bowls banquet raises record amount
The ninth annual banquet sponsored by BU's SOLVE office has targeted addressing an ever-increasing problem of hunger in Bloomsburg and surrounding communities.
More than 100 new, local families in March alone registered to receive food, which is distributed by the local food cupboard to hundreds of residents each week.
The banquet is not only the biggest, single-day fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard each year, it's also a time set aside to remind those who attend that there are often people in the region who are hungry.
Each diner takes home the bowl he or she used at the event. Once back home it becomes a reminder — an “empty bowl” representing those in neighboring households where there is often nothing to fill the dishes.
More than 125 Bloomsburg University students worked with Bloomsburg residents to put on the town and gown event this year. BU students toiled in tasks from bowl washing to leading craft activities for kids, from serving soup to singing and playing guitar to entertain the crowd.
And once again Aramark made the event possible as its personnel reheated soups and provided needed logistical support to get soup from local restaurants ready for the bowls of the diners.