On Sunday, February 11, the city of Washington came together to put on an “Empty Bowls Full Hearts” event. Many Washington & Jefferson College students came out to help along with students from Trinity High School and several other adults from the county.
“Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger. These charity events are hosted within communities and are supported by several local groups and organizations. Artists, which typically include students from nearby high schools, donate small ceramic bowls, restaurants donate numerous types of soups and other markets and farms donate bread and water. People come in and buy a ticket that includes not only a unique ceramic bowl, but also all-you-can-eat soup, a bottle of water and bread. The proceeds go to a charity that helps fight local hunger. Those who organized “Empty Bowls Full Hearts” broadcasted the event as “an afternoon of soup and conversation to raise awareness of food insecurity in the region.” It was a family-friendly, casual event that attracted an array of people.
From small children, to elderly couples and whole families, residents and neighbors of Washington attended and participated in the charity. At the event, students from Trinity High School donated the ceramic bowls. They also attended the event to sell their ceramics. About 15 students volunteered to represent W&J. The students distributed soup, cleaned up the dining area, helped people with handicaps carry their food and passed out bread and water. Angelo’s, Century Inn, Chico Baccello, Fortuitea, Mr. Gyro’s, President’s Pub and the Washington Brewing Company all donated soup. A wide range of soup was available. Wedding, broccoli and cheddar, coconut and corn, French onion and beer, chicken and wild rice and many more soups were offered. Ameron water supplied the water bottles, the Springhouse supplied rolls and Trax Farms supplied bread slices. Other sponsors include Columbia Gas, Main Street Farmer’s Market, Washington Co. Community Foundation, WesBanco, Community Bank and W&J. Every placemat on the tables included information about the Washington County Food Bank and a random fact about world hunger in order to spread awareness. The event was extremely successful. Entry tickets cost $20 per person and all proceeds went to the Washington County Food Bank.