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Empty Bowls Banquet Benefits East Alabama Food Bank

Auburn University’s Committee of 19, College of Agriculture and Art Department have joined forces to take a stand in the war on hunger by sponsoring the 2012 Empty Bowls Banquet. The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The event will be held at The Alabama Farmers Pavilion at Ag Heritage Park, located at 620-A S. Donahue Drive.


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The Auburn University 2012 Empty Bowls Banquet is based on the international Empty Bowls initiative created by The Imagine Render Group. According to the effort’s official website, “the basic premise is simple:  Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls… In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.“

Participants of Auburn’s banquet will get to choose their own handcrafted and hand painted ceramic bowl that has been made by students and faculty of Auburn’s Art Department.  As the effort describes, after the event, guests will take home their empty bowls as a reminder of all of the bowls in the world that will remain empty.


The 2012 Empty Bowls Banquet will include a simple meal of bread and soup served in the ceramic bowls accompanied by live music from a local folk band. The night will also include a short film on hunger and comments from Martha Henk, East Alabama Food Bank director. 


“All the proceeds are going to the Food Bank which means that every dollar we collect goes straight into food and feeding people in Lee county who are battling food insecurity,” said Cara Tupps, Committee of 19 Fundraising Facilitator. “Attending the Empty Bowls Banquet is a simple was to make a difference in our community”

According to Tupps, “there are plenty of opportunities to make an impact in our community on any scale. The Committee of 19 has events year round. You can volunteer at the East Alabama Food Bank, the Community Market or the Auburn United Methodist Food Pantry. On campus you can donate to the Beat Bama Food Drive. There are countless ways to get involved and make a difference here in our community.”

The 2012 Empty Bowls Banquet is focused on raising hunger awareness among students, faculty, staff and the local community. Along with this, all proceeds from the sale of tickets, as well as any donations, will go to the Beat Bama Food Drive benefitting the East Alabama Food Bank. Tickets for the event are $10 for students and $20 for all others. Tickets can be purchased in Spidle Hall, Room 210; Tichenor Hall, Room 315; or Comer Hall, Room 3.

For updates on the event, or to find out where to get your ticket to the banquet, visit the event’s Facebook page at Empty Bowls Banquet 2012 or email Cara Tupps at

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