Wilkes University


Fourth Annual Empty Bowls at Wilkes University on Nov. 15 Benefits Local Food Banks

Wilkes University, in partnership with King’s College, Luzerne County Community College and Wyoming Seminary, will hold its fourth annual Empty Bowls event to benefit local food banks. This year’s event will be on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre.

Empty Bowls is a nationwide event that was first brought to Luzerne County by Jean Adams, a ceramics instructor at Wilkes. Participants donate $15 for soup, bread, a drink and a bowl handmade by local artists. The cost for children 12 and under is $5 but does not include a bowl. 

In preparation for this year’s event, Adams, her students and other local artists have made over 1,000 bowls. Adams said the bowls serve as a reminder to continue to give back. 

“We hope that by having a handmade bowl, they’ll keep it out and every day it’ll be a reminder that there are people who don’t have anything to put in that bowl to eat,” she said. “People keep it there as a visual reminder that we should always be willing to help someone who can’t help themselves.” 

Since its 2012 inception in Wilkes-Barre, the event has raised more than $30,000. Additional bowls will be available for sale the day of the event. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Marquis Art & Frame, 122 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre; Earth & Wears, 68 Main Street, Dallas; or online at www.wilkes.edu/emptybowls. They are also available at the door.