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Empty Bowls event set at Ferrum College
Public invited to enjoy soup and raise money for hungry children
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Courtesy Photo: The Empty Bowls event is set at Ferrum College on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ferrum College invites the public to enjoy good food and the opportunity to help feed the hungry at its Empty Bowls event on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room of Franklin Hall.

For $15, attendees enjoy a hot meal of homemade soup and bread served in a handcrafted bowl of their choice, and then they can take their "empty bowl" home.

Proceeds support the Panther Packs program, which provides food for hungry children at Ferrum Elementary School.

Ferrum 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 -- donated by members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and other local artists.

Panther Packs is a program at Ferrum Elementary 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," said art Professor Jeff Dalton, who created Empty Bowls with assistant Professor Glen Stevens. "The students, faculty, staff and local artists who rally to make this event happen exemplify the Ferrum College motto of 'Not Self, But Others'."

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