As the demand continues to rise for food assistance in the region, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will host their 16th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner this Sunday. Over the course of the last 15 years, this fundraiser has brought in $428,000 to help fight hunger in the Pittsburgh area.
The fundraiser is a meager meal of soup and bread but Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Food Bank, says 30 restaurants and caterers have donated more than 300 gallons of soup ranging from exotic selections including Maryland Crab and Butternut Bisque to standards like vegetable and chicken noodle.
Rothermel says the most notable feature of the event is the handmade bowls donated by local amateur and professional potters...."Over 1,000 wonderfully crafted pottery bowls that will be available for people who come to choose the one that matches who they are as a reminder of people who are hungry."
In addition, there will be an auction on bowls signed by celebrities including Paul McCartney, Sidney Crosby, Mike Tomlin and Bon Jovi.
Rothermel says more and more people in the Pittsburgh community have need for food assistance and 1 in every 7 Americans receives food stamps.
The event is Sunday, March 6 from 2-6 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland. Tickets are $20.