The Community Outreach Program at Union College will host an Empty Bowls Project dinner at Proctors on Sunday.
The event has been organized by students hoping to raise awareness about and to abate hunger in the local region and beyond.
“It’s a true community event that gives the students a chance to come together with the rest of the community,” said Angela Tatem, director of the Community Outreach Program at the college.
Students from the college and Schenectady’s Central Park International Magnet School have handcrafted ceramic bowls intended to serve as a reminder to attendees of the many bowls that go unfilled at mealtimes around the world. Each attendee will receive the unique bowl of their choice along with a simple dinner served by volunteers from both the college and local community alike.
Soup, bread and chili will make up the “meager meal” in simulation of what those who go hungry can only hope for on a given day. The meal is intended to evoke a feeling of gratitude in patrons for the daily meals they may take for granted.
Food for the event has been donated by Bombers Burrito Bar of Schenectady, Our Daily Bread of Chatham, and the college’s own dining services.
Some students at Union have been helping local community shelters as part of the school’s Campus Kitchen Project, which sees that the campus dining service’s excess food is prepared and delivered to area shelters like the City Mission every weekend.
In addition to providing the less fortunate with more than 475 meals daily, the City Mission manages sleeping space for just under 100 people nightly, provides children with school supplies donated by mission supporters and has winter clothes for anyone unable to afford sufficient garb during the cold. The mission is located at 425 Hamilton St.
Along with their volunteer work, students from the college will provide the event’s entertainment. “It’s a good way for the rest of the students to get involved,” Tatem said. U-BREAK, a breakdancing club at Union, will give a performance along with the school’s a cappella singing groups: the all-male Dutch Pipers and the all-female Garnet Minstrelles.
The event raised more than $3,000 last year.
Tickets can be purchased at Sunday’s Schenectady Greenmarket for $15 or at the door Sunday for $20. Doors open at 5 p.m.