UHS to Host "Empty Bowls" Program to Help the Hungry on April 6th-7th


On Wednesday and Thursday, Apr. 6 and 7, UHS and Sodexo Health Care Services are hosting an “Empty Bowls” luncheon for employees to benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
“Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger that first began in Michigan in 1990.
Since then, “Empty Bowls” has raised millions of dollars and provided hunger relief for hundreds of thousands of individuals.
In exchange for a $25 donation, UHS employees who attend the luncheon will receive a simple meal of soup, salad and bread, as well as a pottery bowl that they can keep as a year round reminder of the needs of the hungry.
Each bowl is unique.
The hand-crafted pottery bowls have been donated by area artisans.
Proceeds from the event benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier ($20) and the UHS Foundation S.T.O.P. Hunger Fund ($5).
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier distributes food and food-related products through a network of more than 200 hunger-relief agencies in our region.
There are 42 Food Bank agency partners in Broome County, including CHOW.
The “Empty Bowls” luncheon will be held at UHS Wilson Medical Center’s Picciano 4 Conference Room on April 6 and on April 7 at UHS Bingham General Hospital’s Russell Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For more information, call 763-6068.
UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier. The organization consists of UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, UHS Senior Living at Ideal and UHS Home Care, and is affiliated with the UHS Medical Group and the UHS Foundation.
Note: In 1990, a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund-raising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger.

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