We were presented with a check for $1641 from the Empty Bowls fundraiser! Pictured from right to left, are Dr. Robert McMullin (Professor ESU Hotel, Restaurant Tourism Management), Major James Gingrich (Commanding Officer, East Stroudsburg Corps), Lewann Stewart (Assistant Food Pantry Director), Sue Werkheiser (Food Pantry Volunteer), Dr. Bradford Seid (ESU Professor, Recreation and Leisure Services Management) and Tyler Arabia (Student, ESU, Hotel, Restaurant Tourism Management major).
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the East Stroudsburg University’s Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Department, Hotel, Restaurant Club, Recreation Service class and Art Department hosted the Empty Bowls project, a service learning project and an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.
This year, they raised a whopping $1,641 and donated it to The East Stroudsburg Salvation Army’s food distribution program. With great effort, dedication and passion, students, staff and faculty organized a lunch at ESU, where , for $10 per bowl, homemade soup was served in that specially, handcrafted bowl, made exclusively for the fundraiser by Professor Joni Oye-Benintende’s ceramic class.
This was a huge undertaking and many people worked tirelessly, for over a year, to ensure the event’s success. Dr. Robert McMullin, professor at ESU’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, and also the head of the campus’s Empty Bowls Organization, organized the event. ESU’s Hotel Restaurant Club cooked and cleaned, Dr. Brad Seid, professor of Recreation Services Management, ran the front of house while Albert Moranville, Department Chair of Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Management, ran the back of the house. Donations from Aramark, Shoprite and Giant ensured there was plenty of butter and rolls, table linens and delicious ingredients to make the soups.
“To see the families that are struggling to even eat in this area makes the whole thing worth it,” said Dr. McMullin.
A warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone for helping us fulfill our mission of “Doing The Most Good” in Monroe County!