University Communications

Empty Bowls Event March 20

An Immaculata student volunteers at a recent Empty Bowls event

An Immaculata student volunteers at a recent Empty Bowls event

Immaculata University held its Empty Bowls event on Thursday, March 20, with proceeds from the event benefiting the West Chester Food Cupboard.  

            Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger.  Guests are invited to a simple meal of bread and soup served from a handmade bowl that each participant keeps as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.  Several local restaurants, including Three Little Pigs, Brother’s Pizza, and Wegman’s,  generously donated the soups to Immaculata for the event. Raffle prizes were provided by Chester County Hospital, WaWa, Panera, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Whole Foods, and Seasons Pizza.

            This year students from Immaculata University not only volunteered their time during the event, but an entire course, Service Learning English 107, is dedicated to exploring all aspects of the event throughout the semester.  The students helped to promote, plan and implement the Empty Bowls event as well as volunteering on a Saturday at the West Chester Food Cupboard.

            Melanie Kisthardt, Ph.D., chair of the English/Communication Department and professor of the course, stated that, “West Chester Food Cupboard’s motto ‘because no one should go hungry,’ inspired me to connect my Composition II students with this organization to make their research into the invisible poor more significant.”   Kisthardt wants the students to think of themselves as active participants in the process.  Their class motto is, “Don’t just read about the invisible poor among us; make them visible through your experience.”

Founded in 2009, the West Chester Food Cupboard is a non-profit organization that serves over 500 households each month.

Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.