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Oxford Empty Bowls goes green this year with a near zero-waste initiative

Funds to support Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services

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Proceeds go toward the Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services and other local organizations.

By Ryan McSheffrey, university news and communication intern

Oxford Empty Bowls has been a fixture in the community for many years, but this year it will be a near zero-waste event, with items that are reusable, recyclable and compostable.

The event will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Oxford Empty Bowls is a benefit soup luncheon dedicated to hungry people in Oxford. Proceeds will be donated to Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services as well as other area organizations that provide food to people in need. Empty Bowls is an international project whose purpose is to raise awareness and money to combat hunger.

Participants will choose from an array of bowls that have been created and donated by Miami University and Talawanda students, community groups and Oxford-area potters. They are welcome to take their bowl home.

Attendees will then be able to choose from a wide selection of soups that have been prepared by local cooks. In addition, beverages donated by local businesses, homemade bread and desserts will be served.

There will be live music in the community arts center’s north parlor by Oxford Music Academy students and staff.  In addition, attendees can purchase handmade vases made by Miami junior Kevin Corotis, and enter for a chance to win a door prize of a Rookwood Pottery tile featuring a depiction of Cincinnati's Music Hall.

The cost of the event is $10 for adults. Children may eat free, but will not be able to choose from the selection of bowls.