Berea College CELTS, Ceramic Student Volunteers and Dining Services Present 2016 Empty Bowls Event

Berea residents can help address local hunger needs on Wednesday, March 30 by participating in the annual Empty Bowls event and meal.

The Empty Bowls event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Commons, located in the Woods-Penniman Building on the Berea College campus. The idea behind Empty Bowls is simple – in exchange for $10, guests will be served a meal of soup in a ceramic bowl made and donated by Berea College ceramics student volunteers or local potters. Guests keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

All proceeds go to fight local and regional hunger through donations to the Berea Community Food Bank and other local food banks. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) at Berea College, the Ceramics Apprenticeship Program, the Crafts Outreach Program and Berea College Dining Services.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event,or from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Berea College Dining Services, located in the Alumni Building on Berea College’s campus, through Tuesday, March 29.

For more information about this event, please contact Sheila Lyons at 859-985-3935.

To learn more about the Empty Bowls Project, please visit

Categories: News, Programs and Initiatives
Tags: Berea Community Food Bank, CELTS, Empty Bowls, Students

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.