Nov. 13: Empty Bowl Raises Funds for Philadelphia Hunger and Hurricane Relief

By Caitlin Burns | October 31, 2017

Students Abbigail Woodring and Ashlie Vesper at the 23rd annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner.

Join the fight against hunger and enjoy a delicious meal when Arcadia University hosts the 24th annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner on Nov. 13. Seatings will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grey Towers Castle.

This year, all proceeds will be split between the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, a local agency that provides temporary shelter and food to homeless families, and Rise Against Hunger, an international organization that has been delivering meals and supplies to Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas. Rise Against Hunger was selected by Arcadia’s Community and Civic Engagement Center as part of its ongoing support for organizations assisting victims of recent natural disasters.

Empty Bowl is a community service event that brings together Arcadia and local communities to combat hunger and homelessness around the world. Attendees select from hand-crafted, ceramic bowls, which they fill with delicious soups donated by area restaurants, including Anne’s Kitchen Table in Glenside, Austrian Village Restaurant in Rockledge, and Zakes Cakes in Ambler. Attendees take home their selected bowl to serve as a reminder that somewhere in the world, someone is without a meal or shelter.

Last year, the event raised $12,000. In its 23 years, the event has raised more than $135,000 for local, national, and international charities.

Attendees are asked each year to purchase a ticket in advance or at the door, and donate one non-perishable item upon arrival. Tickets are $12 for students and children and $15 for adults.