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Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network
20th Anniversary Empty Bowl Dinner
Event Fact Sheet


NPIHN’s Empty Bowl Dinner is the organization’s signature event organized annually to raise
funds for NPIHN families and to generate awareness about family homelessness in Philadelphia.
Area restaurants and bakeries donate hot soups, breads, desserts and beverages for an all-you-can-eat
feast for this family-friendly event. Hand-made ceramic bowls are donated by local potters for
attendees to select, use and keep as a souvenir-reminder that every night in Philadelphia, homeless
families are at-risk of going without a meal.
Held just weeks before Thanksgiving, the Empty Bowl Dinner is suitable for all ages. It includes
live entertainment and fun activities for children. Tickets are available for a donation of $20 for
adults, $8 for students and children.
Proceeds go directly to programmatic support for NPIHN and the advancement of its mission to
address family homelessness. The event is coordinated by staff and volunteers and attracts over 2,400
patrons which is expected to increase at the commemorative 20th anniversary event!


The Empty Bowl Dinner draws support from Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties.
Guests and volunteers include:

People of all ages, faiths, and income levels
Residents of the Mt. Airy, Germantown, and Chestnut Hill communities
Community activists, clergy, college students and other concerned citizens
A reunion of formerly homeless guest families


Wednesday November 14, 2012 at Chestnut Hill College, Sorgenti Auditorium,
from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (sponsorship event opportunity),
and Monday November 12,, 2012 additional event at Arcadia University 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Chestnut Hill College, Sorgenti Arena, located at 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Arcadia University, The Castle, located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 and


As an Empty Bowl Dinner sponsor, you can make a difference in the life of a family transitioning
from homelessness to stability. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. To become a
sponsor or to make a contribution or in-kind donation to NPIHN, please contact Rachel Falkove,
Executive Director at 215-247-4663 Ext. 2 or rachel@philashelter.org.

Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN)
Agency Fact Sheet

What makes NPIHN special?
 We do not separate families based on age or gender
 Though based largely on congregational support, the
NPIHN program is non-proselytizing
 NPIHN offers meals and childcare to remove
barriers to receiving much needed services like
therapy, financial literacy and career counseling for
all family members

NPIHN serves…
 80 families (227 individuals) a year
 76% female, 24% male
 75% children and teens

The NPIHN network is supported by…
30 area churches, synagogues and mosques
2 Seminaries
3 Universities
1,200 volunteers throughout Philadelphia
Over 30 private, corporate and federal donors

Success rate:
 Since its founding in 1991, NPIHN has
moved 300 families (840 individuals) from
homelessness to stability
 92% of families who complete our program,
never return to homelessness again
 60% of our alumni families pursued higher
education following their stay with us

Last year’s NPIHN Empty Bowl Dinner Results:
Over 2,400 people attended ▪ 120 local restaurants donated soup, desserts and refreshments ▪ 250 volunteers
helped to carry out the event ▪ $24, 000 was raised to support NPIHN families, this year’s goal is $50,000!

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