Defiance College to host 23rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at K of C Hall

March 7, 2023

DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Defiance College Social Work Program will host its 23rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Thursday, March 30, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will be back at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Elliott Lane, in Defiance. All proceeds will benefit the PATH Center helping those in our community with food insecurities.

Area restaurants and individuals make and donate a variety of soups and breads included in the dinner menu, with soup served in handmade bowls. Defiance College alum Brandon Knott of It's Knott Pottery will be making bowls for this year's event. Diners will be encouraged to continue using these one-of-a-kind bowls as a reminder of those who their donations will serve. Admission for the fundraiser is $15 and includes a handmade bowl. The meal will be a free-will donation.

Empty Bowls is an important fundraiser held by the College. In 2019, it raised the most money to date - $7,000 to benefit the PATH Center. Empty Bowls has created a way to give back to those in need while demonstrating a drive to create change.

The PATH center serves the surrounding six-county area. Monday through Friday, a hot meal is available to those in need. Currently, The PATH Center has begun delivering meals to those who cannot access take-out. The Center relies solely on donations. It is estimated that the current kitchen budget only allows for 21 cents per day per meal.

If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to donate to this cause, please see the virtual link: For more information about the Empty Bowls fundraiser, please contact Tess Salisbury, Director of Social Work, at

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio, offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. DC has created a unique career readiness program called Jacket Journey to help students learn career skills in and out of the classroom. The four pillars of its mission guide the College: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve.