Press Release

UU Partners with Local Food Banks for Empty Bowls 2017

Urbana, OH (February 14, 2017)

Urbana University has partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank to host Empty Bowls 2017.  The sixth annual Empty Bowls of Champaign County will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the Urbana University Student Center. The charge is $15 for a bowl of soup, bread and a handcrafted bowl. The funds raised support local food banks.

Nearly 100 Urbana University students, coaches, faculty and staff support this event to to fight hunger by volunteering at the event, greeting community members, washing bowls, serving soup and sitting on the event planning committee. 

Last year, Empty Bowls raised nearly $15,000 for the agencies. This year, the goal is $17,000.

The handcrafted bowls were made by students at Springfield High School and Graham Middle School, as well as some various potters from Yellow Springs.

The funds also support the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors and the “Mobile Pantry.”

The soup and bread for the fundraiser are donated. All funds received help supply food for the needy in the county. Some of the donors include The Airport Cafe, Cafe Paradiso, Carmazzi’s General Store, Coppertop, The Depot Coffee House, The Farmer’s Daughter, Fusion 40.83, The Hippie and The Farmer, Rock n’ Robin, Sodexo, The Spotted Cow, Sweetie Pie’s Baked Goods and Coffee Shop and Cosmic Charlie Bread.

Eight food pantries in Champaign County are Second Harvest Food Bank agencies.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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