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Out & About: Empty Bowl Luncheon aids Westmoreland County Food Bank efforts

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
SIMPLE FARE: The Empty Bowl committee members, (from left), Crystal Szogi, co-chair, Karen Piper, founder, and Timothy Piper, co-chair, pose for a photo at the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
SIMPLE FARE: The Empty Bowl committee members, (from left), Crystal Szogi, co-chair, Karen Piper, founder, and Timothy Piper, co-chair, pose for a photo at the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
SIMPLE FARE: (from left), Chris Constable is served a bowl of soup by volunteer, Jim Belak, during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
SIMPLE FARE: (from left), Chris Constable is served a bowl of soup by volunteer, Jim Belak, during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
SIMPLE FARE: (from left), Ella Balko, 6, and Madison Balko, 9, choose from the hundreds of crafted bowls, during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
SIMPLE FARE: (from left), Ella Balko, 6, and Madison Balko, 9, choose from the hundreds of crafted bowls, during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
SIMPLE FARE: Guests can choose from hundreds of colorful bowls, crafted from high schools, colleges and pottery centers across Westmoreland County, during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
SIMPLE FARE: Guests can choose from hundreds of colorful bowls, crafted from high schools, colleges and pottery centers across Westmoreland County, during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
SIMPLE FARE: Westmoreland County Food Bank's, (from left), Kris Douglas, CEO, Jennifer Miller, director of development, Michelle Heller, director of programs, and Texie Waddell, director of agency relations, gather for a photo during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
SIMPLE FARE: Westmoreland County Food Bank's, (from left), Kris Douglas, CEO, Jennifer Miller, director of development, Michelle Heller, director of programs, and Texie Waddell, director of agency relations, gather for a photo during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
SIMPLE FARE: 'Detention', (from left), Jane DeBone and Mandi O'Leary, provide musical entertainment during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
SIMPLE FARE: 'Detention', (from left), Jane DeBone and Mandi O'Leary, provide musical entertainment during the 10th annual Empty Bowl, held at the Hempfield Area High School on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018. The event is to imitate a meager meal that hungry neighbors face. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

The Empty Bowl Luncheon is one of the most colorful fundraisers around, thanks to the artistry of area artists and students, along with other community members.

Those folks provide handmade ceramic bowls in all colors of the rainbow for a simple soup and bread meal designed to raise awareness about hunger all across the nation.

Part of a nationwide initiative, the Westmoreland County Food Bank's annual luncheon was held March 4 at Hempfield Area High School.

Food was donated by local restaurants and bakeries, and local talents provided entertainment. In addition to admission and other donations, a Chinese auction and 50-50 raffle also boosted funds raised.

Empty Bowl is an all-volunteer-driven event, with the Westmoreland effort led this year by Tim Piper and Crystal Szogi.

For other ways to help the food bank, visit westmorelandfoodbank.org.

— Shirley McMarlin

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