Oxford Empty Bowls, a benefit soup luncheon, will be held 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the fellowship hall of the Oxford United Methodist Church. It is held in conjunction with Miami University's Make a Difference Day and marks the end of Hunger + Homelessness Awareness Week.
Dennis Tobin, associate professor of art, and his ceramics students created hundreds of bowls for the event, now in its ninth year. Last year Oxford Empty Bowls raised approximately $5,000 for the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.
Cost for the luncheon is $10 for adults, and children 10 and under may choose and fill a bowl for free. A choice of soup, homemade bread, desserts and beverages donated by area businesses will be served. Guests choose from among bowls that were created and donated by local artisans to fill with soup at the luncheon and then keep. Proceeds will be donated to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.
Miami students will be involved in Make a Difference Day service projects throughout the community Nov. 5, from landscaping at Hueston Woods State Park to housekeeping for local Oxford businesses. Make a Difference Day at Miami is organized by the honors and scholars advisory board and the office of community engagement and service.
Hunger + Homelessness Awareness Week, Oct. 30-Nov. 5, will be observed by:
- The annual Pledge-a-Meal — in which pledges are collected in dining halls all week and students donate to local food banks through their meal plan, coordinated by the housing, dining, recreation and business services and office of community engagement;
- Writer’s Harvest, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Leonard Theatre, Peabody Hall, a benefit reading sponsored by the creative writing program. Donations benefit local food banks.