Empty Bowls Feed the Hungry


Empty bowls were filled at Wilkes University Sunday to feed the hungry.

It’s an annual event to raise money for local food banks.

Wilkes University ceramics instructor, Jean Adams, brought the national food drive to Wilkes-Barre several years ago.

Earlier this week organizers feared that the event may be in jeopardy after a kiln in the university’s ceramics studio sparked flames in the ceiling.

But the 1,000 bowls made by students and volunteers were saved.

“We have hungry people here in Wilkes-Barre, so we need to address that. What used to happen, I used to send bowls away for Empty Bowls, but I thought why send them away when we have hungry people right here in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton you know,” says Empty Bowls coordinator, Jean Adams.

The local fundraiser is a joint effort between Wilkes University, King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, and Wyoming Seminary.

All money raised will go to a food bank that has yet to be named.

Since it began in 2012, Empty Bowls in Wilkes-Barre has raised over $30,000.

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