Empty Bowls feeds the hungry

The ceramics program at Youngstown State University’s art department will serve up soup and charity with “Empty Bowls.”

The Dec. 3 event is part of an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Local artists donated their time and talent to create handmade bowls for the event.

Attendees will choose an “empty bowl” in exchange for their donation and receive a simple meal of soup, bread, a drink and dessert provided by Kravitz Deli, V2 Wine Bar / Trattoria by Vernon and The Bread Chef.

The bowl is meant to be taken home as a symbol of people’s participation in helping feed those in need in Youngstown. The ceramics program hosted open studio workshops throughout the year for students and local volunteers to create handmade ceramic bowls. Those purchasing a ticket will have a chance to choose one of these unique, handcrafted vessels by local ceramic artists.

Seatings will take place at 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m. at the McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Proceeds benefit The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley. The only emergency shelter in Mahoning County, the Rescue Mission hosts an average of 130 people nightly and last year served, on average, more than 600 meals daily.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased online at emptybowlsysu.eventbrite.com