The Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner is an important community service event that brings together the Arcadia University community and the surrounding community to enjoy a meal together for a great cause. It serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness internationally and on a local level.
On the night of the dinner, each person chooses one of the donated bowls, handcrafted by local artists, schools, and individuals. The bowls are then filled with delicious soups donated by area restaurants and members of the surrounding community. Attendees then take home the bowl which serves as a reminder that somewhere in the world, someone is without a meal or shelter. Each year 100% of the proceeds go to two non-profits assisting the hungry and the homeless. This year's proceeds will benefit Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, a local agency that provides support to homeless families as they move towards permanent housing. The second agency is The Hunger Project, which promotes hunger relief and economic stability through improved agricultural techniques world-wide.
There will be continuous seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and again from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle.