Empty Bowls project benefits Back Mountain Food Pantry

The inaugural event raised $2,760.25 for the BM food pantry.
The Misericordia University Empty Bowls project committee recently presented a check for $2,760.25 to the Back Mountain Food Pantry. The check represents one-quarter of the proceeds of a collaborative fundraising project involving the Back Mountain campus and Wilkes University, Luzerne County Community College and King’s College.

Simultaneous events were held at the four campuses on Sunday, Oct. 28, where participants, for a donation of $15, received a hand-thrown ceramic bowl filled with soup, bread and a drink. Metz Culinary Management provided the soup at the Misericordia site. The events at the four locations raised $11,041.25. The money was divided four ways and each school selected a community resource that addresses hunger needs in the community as the recipient of their donation. The Misericordia committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, selected the Back Mountain Food Pantry. The other recipients included the Weinberg Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, and Luzerne County Community College Food Bank.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Its basic premise is simple: potters and craftspeople, educators and others create handcrafted bowls that are meant to remind people of all of the empty bowls in the world. Jean Adams, local potter and pottery instructor at Wilkes University, initiated the local effort. Adams and her students, as well as potters from Misericordia University and the community, produced more than 1,000 bowls that were used at the local events.


The Misericordia Empty Bowls project committee recently presented a check to the Back Mountain Food Pantry. Participating in the ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Kristen Mitchell Samuels, community outreach coordinator, Misericordia University; Michael A. MacDowell, president, Misericordia University; Michael Rauv, manager, Metz Culinary Management; Carol Eyet, manager, Back Mountain Food Pantry; Skip Sensbach, artist-in-residence, Misericordia University, and Misericordia University student Rebecca Fagnano of Montoursville, Pa.