April 7, 2023
On Campus

Helping the Hungry

Empty Bowls 2023 Fundraiser Exceeds $45,000 in Donations

The 29th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was a success once again, raising $45,910 for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Wittenberg’s hometown, March 23.

Back to its in-person format, Empty Bowls is a long-time initiative led by Wittenberg’s Department of Art in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank to combat hunger in the local community. Funds raised this year equate to 229,550 meals for those in need. The annual event is virtually a 100 percent profit fundraiser with almost all of the materials, food, and time being donated for the fundraiser.

The 29-year fund raising total for the event now exceeds $625,910, which equates to more than 3,129,550 meals for those in need in Clark, Champaign, and Logan counties. Empty Bowls exemplifies Wittenberg’s service-based mission, which encourages all students to discern their vocations and to understand the meaningful connection between self-fulfillment and service to the world.

Empty Bowls 2023

Professor of Art Scott Dooley, who has helped to coordinate the annual event since its inception, offered thanks and gratitude.

“Thanks to everyone who came out to support the event. I am continually amazed by Wittenberg and the Springfield community,” he said “As the event has grown, the list of volunteers has truly become too long to list. Please know that there are so many people who help make this event a success each year.”

Empty Bowls at Wittenberg
The idea for Empty Bowls is simple: Participants create ceramic bowls and organize an event to serve a meal of soup and bread. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world.
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Cindy Holbrook
Cindy Holbrook
Senior Communications Assistant

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Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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