TUSCALOOSA – University Presbyterian Church (UPC) will host Empty Bowls, a program designed to raise UA's Crimson Clay is making 100 bowls to donate to UPC's Empty Bowls event this year!awareness about hunger, Friday, February 26, 2016, from 11 AM to 1:30 PM in the church fellowship hall, 1127 8th Street, Tuscaloosa. UA ceramics students and Crimson Clay members will make and donate 100 bowls to the charity event.

About Empty Bowls: 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.

Today, Empty Bowls events are held all over the United States. Thanks to the generous donation of more than 100 hand-crafted bowls from The University of Alabama’s ceramics program and Crimson Clay, donations from All Fired Up, and from individuals, University Presbyterian will again sponsor Tuscaloosa’s Empty Bowls event.Handmade bowls at Empty Bowls 2015

For a suggested donation of $10, those who attend the event will get to pick out one of the hand-crafted bowls to keep and will receive a meal of soup, bread, and water. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will support the UPC Food Pantry. The Food Pantry distributes food contributed by UPC’s congregation and purchased from the West Alabama Food Bank. This important outreach program provides food for approximately 600 people every month. A Facebook Event page is here.

Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse made music for diners at Empty Bowls.Entertainment for this year’s Empty Bowl’s event will be provided by local/area Celtic artists, Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse.

Tickets to the event are available in advance from UPC members and from the church, 1127 Eighth Street, two blocks south of The Strip. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 26.

Local businesses will be donating soups and bread for the lunch.

For more information about the national Empty Bowls project, visit www.emptybowls.net or write to Empty Bowls at P.O. Box 1689, Burnsville, NC 28714. For more information about UPC and Tuscaloosa’s Empty Bowls event, call (205) 758-5422.

For information about last year’s Empty Bowls event in Tuscaloosa, click here.