Oxford Empty Bowls soup luncheon Nov. 12

Photo of ceramic bowls made for an Empty Bowls event.

Oxford Empty Bowls set to serve up soup and hunger awareness.

by Tali Hunt, university news and communications intern

Oxford Empty Bowls invites the local community to their annual soup luncheon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Oxford’s soup luncheon is one of many Empty Bowls projects worldwide raising awareness and money to fight hunger. This event is co-sponsored by the office of community engagement and service.

Guests pay $10 when they arrive to the luncheon. They choose a decorated bowl and which soup they want. Miami and Talawanda students and Oxford-area potters decorate and donate the bowls. After the luncheon, guests keep their bowls to serve as a reminder there are always empty bowls in the world.

This year the luncheon will offer Mexican chicken and tomato, vegetarian vegetable, vegetable beef and lentil soups. Local cooks with a specialty have the opportunity to contribute other varieties of soups.

Homemade bread and desserts and beverages donated by local businesses will also be served. Children ages 10 and younger may eat for free, but a bowl is not included.

The luncheon will kick off Miami’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

All proceeds from the luncheon are donated to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. These proceeds provide the pantry with unrestricted funds to pay for gaps in donations and cover some of their operating expenses.

Oxford Empty Bowls has raised more than $68,000 to help fight hunger and food insecurity in the Oxford community since 2002. For more information on Oxford Empty Bowls, contact Connie Malone at 513-330-1273.

For more information about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, contact Jessie Weasner at