About PIHN and the Empty Bowl Dinner

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2019 Empty Plate Dinner Tickets!

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN, formerly NPIHN) cordially invites you to the 21st annual Empty Bowl Dinner, our largest fundraiser, which will take place this year at United Lutheran Seminary on Wednesday November 20th, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

As PIHN’s signature event and a favorite of the Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy communities, the Empty Bowl Dinner combines the warmth of community and a hearty meal for the purpose of raising support of our mission.

Held right before Thanksgiving at the start of the winter holiday season, a time when people reflect on their good fortune and the needs of others, PIHN’s Empty Bowl Dinner raises awareness about family hunger and homelessness. At the start of their meal, guests choose a hand-made bowl, donated by local students or professional potters, in which to eat their meal. Soups, stews, breads, desserts and beverages have been graciously provided by local restaurants and cafes. After the meal, guests take their bowls home as a reminder that every night hundreds of families go hungry in the City of Philadelphia.

None of the work that PIHN does could happen without the support of a caring community of individuals and partner organizations and corporations who provide financial resources, volunteer time and material donations. At the heart of our work, we recognize the promise that each family and community member holds to provide a safe and nurturing home for children. We believe that the horrific cycle of homelessness can end, but it will take all of us working together to find longer term solutions to support the well-being of our neighbors.

PHIN is a shelter, supportive services, and housing program for Philadelphia working families experiencing homelessness. We are a growing cooperative effort of 56 churches and synagogues, 10 universities, two seminaries, and over 2,000 volunteers of diverse faith groups, working together to provide a safe, family-centered atmosphere for homeless families. In addition to providing temporary shelter, we offer long-term transitional and post-shelter supportive services, affordable housing opportunities in mixed-income neighborhoods, and educational opportunities for children and teens.