Empty Bowls Event at Ferrum College on Sunday, January 26

Public invited to enjoy soup and bread and go home with a unique piece of locally made pottery.

 Empty Bowls

Ferrum, Va. (Jan. 20, 2014) – The Ferrum College campus community and the public are invited to enjoy camaraderie, good food and the opportunity to help feed the hungry with the return of the popular Empty Bowls event on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in the College’s Franklin Hall. For $15, attendees enjoy a hot meal of scratch-made 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. 

According to Associate Professor of Art Jeff Dalton, who created Empty Bowls with Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Glen Stevens, College students, professors and Blue Ridge Potters Guild members made 300 unique bowls for this year’s event. In addition, there will also be a silent auction featuring original works of pottery, including larger bowls, platters, casseroles, and vases, 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 students about how they can make a positive difference in their communities.

"It is incredibly satisfying to see the College and community come together for this cause and help these children. The students, faculty, staff and local artists that rally to make this event happen exemplify the Ferrum College motto of ‘Not Self, But Others’," said Dalton.

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College will celebrate its centennial in 2013-2014.