Township News

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Want your news via email? Subscribe to our E-Notifications here!

Hello Franklin! Serving a Bowl of Generosity at the 2nd Empty Bowls Event

Post Date:12/20/2019 4:39 PM



seating at the empty bowls event

Franklin Empty Bowls founders Susan Seamon, Bob Cherill, and Ceil Cherill will host their 2nd Annual Empty Bowls event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Somerset on March 22, 2020 from 1-4 pm. Empty Bowls, a nationally and internationally recognized grassroots movement, raises money to feed the hungry in the local communities and around the world. Guests can watch live entertainment, catch up with old friends, and meet new people over freshly prepared bowls of soup and food provided by local restaurants in a beautiful setting. 

"I love that so many people from the community are concerned about food insecurity and come together to support the Franklin Food Bank. What is equally appealing is that they enjoy each other’s company along with a simple meal of soup and other delicious food,” stated Susan Seamon. 


For a ticket price of $35, guests can select a handcrafted ceramic bowl provided by local potters and enjoy a variety of soups and other “bowl-worthy” food. These uniquely designed bowls serve as a reminder that there are many empty bowls in our local community as a result of food insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of food. In Somerset County alone, approximately 8,000 people are living with food insecurity, especially school-aged children and seniors. 

Additional pottery items will be available for purchase along with handcrafted quilted place-mats and bowl cozies at the sale table. All proceeds will go to the Franklin Food Bank. The goal of the Franklin Food Bank is to provide over 2,500 families with fresh fruits, vegetables, dry goods, frozen and refrigerated items. 

Last year, the Franklin Empty Bowls founders raised $25,000 with the help of corporate sponsors, artists, and 16 local restaurants who supported the Franklin Food Bank. Susan Seamon, Bob Cherill, and Ceil Cherill plan to increase ticket sales and add more corporate sponsors to reach their goal of over $30,000.

For more information on how to attend, sign up as a volunteer, or sponsor the event, visit or You can also follow Franklin Empty Bowls on Facebook or Instagram @emptybowlsfranklin. Please note that tickets will be on sale in January.

Return to full list >>