Empty Bowls


A UNCG Community Social Justice Project: Empty Bowls


“Empty Bowls” Take a stand in the fight against hunger and homelessness!

Empty Bowls serves as an educational program about hunger and homelessness and as a local fundraiser for Spartan Open Pantry (http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/paths/spartan-open-pantry/).

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Empty Bowls Hunger Banquet
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Moran Commons 109


For Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week this year the Empty Bowls event will be a Hunger Banquet. Help raise awareness about a growing issue in our society today and participate in a simulation of food hardship that many around the world face on a regular basis.
Bring a box of cereal to donate to Spartan Open Pantry or $3 admission (Cash and/or cereal collected upon entry).

Guarantee your seat- RSVP by November 10, 2016 | Walk-ins Welcome! |FREE GIVEAWAYS!

PARKING: The Walker Avenue Parking Deck is open to off-campus guests attending the Empty Bowls Banquet. The parking deck is open to visitors on a space available, pay by hour basis. Fees are $2 first hour and $1 for each consecutive hour. The Walker Avenue Parking Deck is accessible from Walker Avenue, Stirling Street, and Theta Street. An attendant is available at Walker Deck most of the time (24 hours a day) except holidays and breaks.
Please learn more about handicap accessible parking HERE.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement, Kaleidoscope Peer Education Program, Housing and Residence Life, Make A Difference House LLC, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Campus Activities and Programs, Spartan Open Pantry & UNCG Green Organization

Part II: Ongoing education about Hunger and Homelessness

Event TBA

Part III: Fill Your Bowl

Time and Date to be determined for Spring 2017

For a minimum donation of $5, you can select a beautiful hand painted soup bowl—which you’ll get to keep—as well as enjoy a piping-hot bowl of soup. While you dine, sponsors of this event will use a unique approach to tell you about projects promoting social justice on the UNCG campus, in Greensboro, and in surrounding communities.

Part IV: Resources


Volunteer Opportunities

Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartan (PATHS)

Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartan (PATHS) is one of several UNCG Cares initiatives whereby the Dean of Students Office has partnered with campus units and community agencies to connect homeless Spartans to much needed support and resources. See for http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/paths/ details.

Greensboro Urban Ministries

*Contact Gail Gore-Lewis, Director of Volunteer Services, at 336.271.5959 ex. 305 or send her an email for more information on the following volunteer positions.*

Emergency Assistance Program
Telephone receptionist volunteers, screeners and interviewers for financial assistance, and computer technicians are needed on weekdays, 3 or 4 hour shifts between 8:30am and 5:00pm. They will be responding to people in need of financial assistance for rent, utilities, or emergency food. A manual makes it easy to give the proper answer for applying for financial assistance or emergency food.
Pathways Family Shelter Volunteer
Pathways Family Shelter offers shelter and support services for up to 17 families at a time. Small groups of 10-15 people are needed to offer a weekend brunch or early evening light meal and activities for the children. Activities are offered including games, reading, music, and art work. Groups decide on the menu and bring and prepare the food. All equipment and utensils are provided.
Weaver House Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals for up to 100 Weaver House guests, either an evening meal at 7:00pm (any day of the week) or a breakfast meal at 7:00am on weekends.
Potter’s House Community Kitchen
Need volunteers to prepare and serve a noontime meal to an average of 350 people a day. Volunteers work from 9:00am to 1:00pm. There is a need for both weekday volunteers as well as weekend volunteers.
Food Bank Volunteer
Need one or two volunteers on Wednesday and/or Friday afternoons to fill emergency food orders. Need a volunteer to check out the food to other non-profit agencies on Tuesday or Friday.

The Servant Center

Contact Gail Haworth, Executive Director of The Servant Center, at 336.275.8585 or email her for more information about the following job opportunity.

Meal Preparation and Serving
Assist pantry staff with sorting food, preparing food boxes for clients, and helping clients carry food to their cars. Help with unloading delivery trucks. Training is provided. Hours are flexible between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.