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Chrysalis Center invites the community to “Come Together to End Hunger” at this year’s Empty Bowls event to be held virtually on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00pm. This annual event, which raises much needed awareness around food insecurities in our community, will be held virtually, with guests receiving a private link to the event. Guests will enjoy delicious homemade soup, provided by La Cocina Catering, which will be available for pick up prior to event.

Due to COVID-19, Chrysalis Center has experienced an increase in the need for fresh and nutritious food and event proceeds will benefit the organization’s “Food Hub”: programs which address the critical issue of food insecurity and lack of fresh and nutritious foods in the community through innovative and hands-on approaches. Chrysalis’ Food Hub includes: Freshplace food pantry, Urban Roots hydroponic grow center, Homestead Farmers’ Market, Railway Gardens, Food Forest and La Cocina Catering and Culinary Arts Training Kitchen.

Serving as Honorary Event Chair is Renee DiNino, Director of Community Affairs and On Air Programming for iHeartMedia. A passionate advocate for those who are struggling, homeless and in need of support, Renee is a wonderful supporter and friend to the organization.

Tickets are $20 per person ($10 for children under 12) and include a delicious bowl of soup, fresh-baked sourdough roll and brownie, all provided by La Cocina Catering, Chrysalis Center’s social enterprise program which trains individuals in the culinary arts field to help them secure a job and become economically independent. Four varieties of soup will be available (including a vegan option) for pick up prior to the event at Chrysalis Center’s outdoor patio, located at 255 Homestead Avenue in Hartford, CT. To ensure everyone’s safety, guests will have a pre-scheduled pick-up time. Social distancing and masks are required. Also included in the ticket price is a handcrafted bowl, created by a local artist, which serves as a reminder of the many empty bowls in our community and throughout the world.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots initiative focused on combating hunger. Chrysalis Center supports the initiative by bringing awareness to the issue of hunger facing our neighbors throughout the state, particularly those living in the “Promise Zone”, the federally recognized neighborhoods in Greater Hartford where nearly 50% of the residents live at or below the poverty line.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (860) 263-4418. Sponsorship opportunities available and help support Chrysalis Center’s Food Hub. Please contact Sarah Mitchell at for more information.