Pita Jungle hosts ‘Empty Bowls’ to benefit Waste Not

Pita Jungle is hosting an “Empty Bowls” event where guests can purchase hand-crafted clay bowls created by local artisans this holiday season to benefit Waste Not, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been feeding the hungry in the Valley for 25 years.

All 14 metro-Phoenix Pita Jungle locations will sell a limited quantity of Empty Bowls from Dec. 1 through Dec. 7, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Waste Not, according to a press release.

All 14 metro-Phoenix Pita Jungle locations will sell a limited quantity of Empty Bowls from Dec. 1 through Dec. 7, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Waste Not. (Submitted photo)

All 14 metro-Phoenix Pita Jungle locations will sell a limited quantity of Empty Bowls from Dec. 1 through Dec. 7, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Waste Not. (Submitted photo)

The Empty Bowls — handmade, custom bowls created by Arizona Clay Association artists — will be sold for $15 each at Pita Jungle, the release states.

Guests who purchase a bowl for $15 will receive their choice of a small order of hummus, or a serving of soup, for dine-in or carryout.

“We are proud to be a part of the Empty Bowls movement here in Arizona and happy to extend to our guests the opportunity to feed our community’s hungry,” said Bassel Osmani, co-founder and co-owner of Pita Jungle.

“Hunger remains one of the most prevalent challenges in our state. The heart of our brand is all about supporting local. With Empty Bowls, we not only get to support local artisans, we also get to support our fellow neighbors in need this holiday season.”

Every dollar given to Waste Not feeds six people in Arizona. Waste Not delivered more than two million pounds of food last year to those who needed it most, the release states.

About $500,000 has been raised for Waste Not through various Empty Bowls programs with the

Arizona Clay Association, since the partnership began 24 years ago.

These funds assist the organization in its daily operations, which make it possible to transfer 7,000 pounds of food to families in need throughout the Valley each day, the release states.

The organization alleviates local hunger by collecting excess perishable food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivering it to a network of agencies and organizations that feed the hungry.

Arizona Clay artists donate thousands of bowls to be sold at Empty Bowls events each year to ensure Waste Not receives 100 percent of the proceeds. Over $15,000 was raised at its 24th annual main event held this past October at The Arizona Center, the release states.

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