Carol Berger
Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS)


Friday November 6, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Technical College High School
  (formerly CAT-Pickering)
1580 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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PACS thanks our sponsors, supporters, contributors, volunteers and guests. We especially want to acknowlege the generous donations from these organizations, artisans and individuals. We owe our success to you!


                      Thrivent Financial

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate


Knights of Columbus - better quality

St. Basil's Knights of Columbus


Kimberton Whole Foods


Phoenixville Federal

Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust


Rothman Institute


Barto Pool & Spa



Gateway Pharmacy














Want to become a sponsor, supporter or donate pottery bowls?

Call us for opportunities - 610-933-1105

9th Annual

Empty Bowls Event ............................................  

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

 Technical College High School  
(formerly CAT-Pickering)

1580 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA  19460


Please join us for a simple meal of soup and bread —
and help fight hunger in our community.

Dine in and take out available

Please, no alcohol at this event

                               Tickets are $20 - Includes pottery bowl

                              Bowls are hand crafted by area artists and students.

Keep your bowl as a reminder of the need to end hunger.


Register Now! Online registration will close at 12 noon on Friday, November 6th. 
If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door.

If you wish to pay by check, please call PACS at (610) 933-1105, ext. 214.

Tickets are also being sold at:

Gateway Pharmacy - 165 Nutt Rd Phoenixville PA 19460 - 610-933-2609

Foresta's Market - 1098 W Bridge St Phoenixville Pa 19460 - 610-935-1777


Empty Bowls...A grassroots movement to
help end hunger and food insecurity

In 1990, a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students search for a way to raise funds to support a food drive to feed hungry residents of their community.  What evolved was a class project with students crafting ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal.  Guests were served simple fare - soup and bread.  They kept their bowls as a reminder of hunger in their midst and throughout the world.

What one group of students began in their art class was the seed for changing many lives.  By the following year, the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls - a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger.  Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger (

The Phoenixville area’s tradition with Empty Bowls began in November, 2007.  The Holck family, owners of Artisans Gallery & Café, planned and hosted the event.  Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) was the charity chosen to benefit from funds raised.  The first year's event was a  huge success in turnout of supporters and in funds contributed to fight hunger locally.  But the added value has been the enormous enthusiasm of Empty Bowls participants and donors.

Each year since 2007, the number of sponsors, supporters and contributors has grown as has the list of professional and budding artists that craft the bowls.  Popular pottery workshops have been offered by both Phoenix Village Art Center and Chester Springs Studio to teach novice potters how to create bowls which are then donated to help raise funds for PACS. An estimated 600 donated bowls  are anticipated for the 2015 event!  What an amazing outpouring of caring from all of our partners and supporters. We couldn't do it without all of you!

The number of our neighbors who are hungry is continuing to grow in 2015 - 2016:

  • An average of 171 households receive food each month - a total of nearly 415 people.
  • Children make up nearly one third of our neighbors who need food.  No one should go hungry in our community, especially not our children!

Thanks to generous donors, PACS' emergency pantry also supplies the hungry with toiletry items, paper products, diapers and other essential supplies.

Your support of Empty Bowls and PACS makes a meaningful difference, not just in providing essential food and supplies, but in giving people hope.  


Thank you for helping us feed our neighbors in need and
allowing us to provide them with resources, referrals and encouragement
as they work to get back on their feet!