On March 12, from 5-7 p.m., The Haverford School, Agnes Irwin School, and Baldwin School Student Community Service boards hosted the ninth biennial Empty Bowls Supper in response to the needs of the hungry in the local community.
More than 400 students, parents, faculty, staff, and families shared a supper of soup and bread in an ongoing awareness effort to support the community-based hunger organizations that the three schools work with throughout the year.
Members of each school community created hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls so that each guest could take home an empty bowl as a reminder that "until hunger is eradicated, there will always be empty bowls."
Carlo deMarco (Haverford School Class of 1982), owner/chef of 333 Belrose Bar & Grill in Radnor, and students from all three schools gathered the weekend of the Empty Bowls Supper to make a variety of soup – tomato fennel bisque, black bean, pork tenderloin-chipotle chili, corn chowder, vegetarian vegetable, and chicken noodle – in The Haverford School and Agnes Irwin School dining facilities.
"This student-driven event is the culmination of our yearlong campaign to fight hunger, poverty, and homelessness in the Philadelphia region," said Haverford School Service Learning Director Jini Loos. "Each of our communities has grown their knowledge and desire to support those who are under-served but still in need." This year's Empty Bowls Supper raised nearly $11,000 to be shared by the schools' hunger partner organizations.
The hunger organizations include: SHARE (which collects, sorts and distributes food locally), PALM food cupboard in Ardmore, Philabundance, the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, Project HOME, Ada Mutch Food Pantry, and Ardmore's St. Mary's Episcopal Church Food Cupboard.
The supper featured a gift shop offering a variety of items made specifically for this hunger project, including ceramics, coasters, hand-painted reusable tote bags and recycle-a-jars made by students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. The silent auction included huge bowls thrown and painted by art faculty members, collaborative bowls made by art classes, and Flyers' tickets, Phillies' tickets, spa certificates, and restaurant certificates were raffled off to help raise funds.