The Newark Senior Center is hosting our 9th Annual Empty Bowls event to support the Meals on Wheels program on Sunday, February 21st doors open at 4 pm.  Empty Bowls events have been occurring nationwide for several years in an effort for communities to support their local food and hunger programs.  Guests enjoy a simple soup supper and receive a handmade bowl to remind them of the empty bowls they have filled by attending.  

Each year NSC’s Meals on Wheels Program delivers more than 35,000 meals to homebound seniors in the greater Newark area.  These meals are freshly prepared by NSC Food Services staff and delivered by dedicated volunteers each day.  The Meals on Wheels program not only provides a warm nutritious noontime meal, but bag suppers are available for evening and weekend meals and for some clients, this may be their only human contact each day.  Daily visits by volunteers provide a sense of comfort and peace of mind for recipients and their families. According to a study by Brown University, Meals on Wheels is the only program proven to prevent people from prematurely being admitted to a long-term care facility.

This year’s Empty Bowls event will feature handmade bowls by local artisans including: Mary Anderson, Marcia Booth, Paula Camenizind Carter, Bill Cox – White Clay Pottery, Tisa Della-Volpe, Carole Fox, Brenda Kingham – Absalom Jones Art Studio, Peter Saenger, Annie Smith, Minori Thorpe – UD Ceramics Club, UD Ceramics Department, and Lauren Vanni – Cecil College.  

Local restaurants are donating soup to the event.  Soup menu includes: Chicken & Dumpling from Timothy’s of Newark, Crab Vegetable from Deer Park, Louisiana Chicken Gumbo from Iron Hill Brewery, Mushroom Bisque from La Casa Pasta, Chuckwagon Chili from Two Stones, Hot Wing Chowder from Stone Balloon Ale House, and more.  

Tickets are $50/per person or $400 for a reserved table of 8.  This is a BYOB event – many tables enjoy bringing appetizers to share with their table.  Reservations are available at NSC’s Reception Desk or at  For more information, please call the Center at 302-737-2336


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