Empty Bowls 2018 Flickr album

Ferrum College students have been working hard this semester to get ready for this year’s Empty Bowls event. Atenoya Morris photographs.

The Ferrum College campus community and the public are invited to enjoy camaraderie, good food, and the opportunity to help children in need during the popular Empty Bowls event on Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in the College’s Franklin Hall. For $15 (or $10 with a valid student ID), attendees enjoy a hot meal of soup and bread served in a handcrafted bowl of their choice, and then can take their “empty bowl” home. Proceeds support the Panther Packs program, which provides food for hungry children of Ferrum Elementary School.

Students, faculty, Blue Ridge Potters Guild members, and other area volunteers made hundreds of unique bowls for this year’s event. In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring original works of art, including paintings and pottery, generously donated by members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and other local artists.

Panther Packs is a program at Ferrum Elementary School that sends qualifying children home for the weekend with backpacks stocked with nutritious, non-perishable food. The Empty Bowls project is designed to educate Ferrum students about how they can make a positive difference in their communities through service.