Campus to hold Empty Bowls and baskets dinner Nov. 20

Hand-painted bowls

Pitt-Bradford will host the 14th Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner Wednesday to raise awareness for the fight against hunger and to assist in raising funds for the Friendship Table.

The dinner is set to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. A donation of $10 from the public and $5 from all students will be collected at the door and includes a homemade or hand-decorated bowl, basket or napkin set.

The dinner will feature a wide variety of homemade soups, breads and the baked goods, along with a beverage.

All money that is collected will go to the Friendship Table.

Previously, the dinner has taken place each year in March as Women's History Month. The Empty Bowls organizing committee moved the dinner to November to coincide with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Events like the Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner date back to 1990, when a Michigan high school art teacher and his students designed/made bowls to benefit those less fortunate.

Other events during the week have included a Habitat for Humanity vendor fair over the weekend and meditation. Students can learn more about hunger and homelessness at Take Action Tables in the Commons during lunch this week. Members of the Pitt-Bradford community will also volunteer to unload the Second Harvest food bank truck and serve a meal at The Friendship Table.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the event is asked to contact Fran Stewart at