15th annual Empty Bowls a success!
A grand total of 285 people enjoyed tasty lunch and took home pottery creations as reminders when the 2019 Empty Bowls event was hosted by UHS and Compass Group.
Organizers have received many positive comments about the wide variety of food offered during the lunches.
A Buddha Bowl bar featured roasted chicken and your choice of quinoa, sriracha chickpeas, avocado, spring mix, peppers and onions, shredded carrots, limes, pickled red ion and cherry tomatoes served with green goddness dressing.
Attendees also could dine on barbecue food, offered at a station that included pulled pork and brisket with your choice of smoked gouda mac & cheese, chopped coleslaw, BBQ sauce or mustard BBQ sauce.
There were also four soups to choose from, plus two types of salad, a beverage station and a variety of fresh fruits.
Most folks didn't pass up the dessert bar, which included cookies, cupcakes by Chroma Bakery, yogurt parfaits and triple-berry pound cake.
The pottery bowls were made by craftspeople from Clayworks at the Roberson Museum.
The event was held April 3 at UHS Wilson Medical Center and April 4 at UHS Binghamton General Hospital.
Those attending showed their support for the cause of fighting hunger in the community by donating $25 per ticket. Of that amount, $20 benefits the work of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and $5 goes to the UHS Foundation's Stop Hunger Fund.
More than 141,000 meals for those in need have been funded by the UHS Empty Bowls event since 2005.
For every ticket sold for the luncheons, the Food Bank provides 75 meals to the hungry in the Southern Tier.
Most of the assistance is furnished to people in Broome County, with residents of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties also receiving food donations.