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The 11th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser takes place next week!

Event Details:
Date: April 26, 2024
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Plank Gym on the Gettysburg College Campus

The Empty Bowls Fundraiser: A Tradition of Compassion
The Empty Bowls Fundraiser has become a cherished tradition in our community, symbolizing our collective commitment to alleviating hunger and supporting those in need. This event, hosted annually, brings together community members, artists, businesses, restaurants and philanthropists to make a meaningful impact in the fight against food insecurity and the need for nutritious produce to be available to our community members in need.

How it Works:
⦁ Beautiful Bowls: Talented local artists generously donate handcrafted bowls that serve as both functional art pieces and symbolic representations of the empty bowls in our community.

Soup Supper: Attendees are invited to a heartwarming soup supper, where they choose a bowl from the collection. Local restaurants have donated delicious soup for our guests to enjoy. The meal is a simple reminder of the many individuals who face hunger daily. It includes, soup, bread, beverages, and dessert.

Donations: In exchange for their chosen bowl and a delicious meal, attendees purchase a ticket. All funds raised directly support The Gleaning Project’s initiatives to rescue surplus produce from going into landfills and provide nutritious produce to those who need it most in our community.

The Impact of Your Support:
⦁ Feeding the Hungry: Funds raised at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser enable The Gleaning Project to expand its efforts in rescuing surplus produce and distributing it to local food banks, shelters, and community organizations thus providing fresh nutritious produce alongside of the foods distributed by local food pantries.

Raising Awareness: The event serves as a powerful platform to raise awareness about the critical issue of food insecurity in our region, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility. Together we can keep our community nourished and vibrant.

Join Us in Making a Difference:
We believe that every bowl filled is a step closer to a hunger-free community. Your involvement in the 11th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser will not only contribute to our fundraising goals but will also amplify the impact of The Gleaning Project’s vital work.

There are a few pre-sale tickets left for $20 each. They can be purchased by visiting

Tickets will be available at the door for $25 each.


Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

Brenda Jackson Liu 1945-2024

Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

Who We Are

The Franklin County Free Press, established by Vicky Taylor in 2019, emerged as a beacon of local journalism for the residents of Franklin County. Under Vicky's leadership, it quickly became an essential source of news, particularly at a time when major newspaper publications were increasingly overlooking local coverage.

On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

Rooted in the heart of Franklin County and powered by its residents, the Franklin County Free Press continues to bridge the gap, ensuring that the local stories, events, and issues that matter most to the community remain in the spotlight.