Empty Bowls

April 7, 2020 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Campus Center
Tickets: $25 at the door

The community is invited to join us for the second annual Princeton Day School Empty Bowls event taking place in the Campus Center on April 7.

According to Feeding America, food insecurity impacts every county and congressional district in New Jersey, and nearly one in seven children struggles with hunger. For the third year in a row, the Empty Bowls fundraiser seeks to address hunger in New Jersey through a School-wide service learning effort that starts with students in ceramics instructor Eric Rempe's 4th Grade, 8th Grade, and all Upper School classes crafting ceramic bowls, with some faculty and staff participating as well. Last year, more than 300 unique bowls were made, and PDS provided roughly 22,000 donated meals.

On the evening of April 7 from 5:30-7:00pm in the Campus Center, the PDS community is invited to purchase a bowl and enjoy a dinner donated by local restaurants. All bowls are priced at $25 and selection is made on a first-come basis–there are no advance sales or reservations. All proceeds are donated to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and to Feeding America, with funds earmarked for the NJ region. Thanks to partnerships and donations, and an emphasis on healthy, high-quality food, roughly six meals will be provided for every dollar donated.

"This year," says Rempe, "we have made 400 bowls and hope to make an even greater impact. We hope to see you there!"


Empty Bowls

History of Empty Bowls

In 1990, a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year, the originators had developed this concept in Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

Thank you very much to the following soup donors:
Brick Farm Tavern
Brick Farm Market
D’Angelo Italian Market
Corey Dempsey, MS Science Teacher
Rocky Hill Tavern
and FLIK Kitchen Staff