Annual Empty Bowls Event on March 26

Empty Bowls 2015

Empty Bowls 2015

Immaculata University will hold its Empty Bowls event on Thursday, March 26, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of Immaculata University, near Malvern, PA. Proceeds from the event benefit the West Chester Food Cupboard. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $20 for families of four. Participants can enter a raffle and also win door prizes from Quizzo, a live trivia game.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Guests are invited to a simple meal of bread and soup served from a handmade bowl that each participant keeps as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Several local restaurants are generously donating the soups to Immaculata for the event. Restaurants include Iron Hill, Roots Café, Four Dogs Tavern, Christopher’s in Malvern, Penn’s Table, and Three Little Pigs. Le Bus is donating dinner rolls.

For the second consecutive year, students from Immaculata University will not only be volunteering their time during the event, but an entire course, Service Learning English 107, is dedicated to exploring all aspects of the event throughout the semester. The students are helping to promote, plan, and implement the Empty Bowls event as well as volunteering on a Saturday at the West Chester Food Cupboard.

Melanie Kisthardt, Ph.D., faculty member in the English/Communication Department and professor of the course, stated “West Chester Food Cupboard’s motto ‘because no one should go hungry,’ inspired me to connect my Composition II students with this organization to make their research into the invisible poor more significant.” Kisthardt wants the students to think of themselves as active participants in the process. Their class motto is, “Don’t just read about the invisible poor among us; make them visible through your experience.”

Founded in 2009, the West Chester Food Cupboard is a non-profit organization that serves over 500 households each month. For more information about the Empty Bowls Event, please contact Dr. Kisthardt at

Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

Author: lszyjka

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