Fighting Hunger…One Bowl at a Time


In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem.  They were searching for a way to raise money to support a food drive.  What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund-raising meal.  Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year, the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger.

As a participant of our event, you will also select a handcrafted ceramic bowl designed by professional potters, school and university art classes, sample delicious soup and bread from local chefs while listening to live music – all of which will be donated.  As in Michigan, you will take the bowls home as a reminder

That someone’s bowl is always empty.




1 year ago

SAVE THE DATE! Empty Bowls October 19, 2019

1 year ago

Hello Empty Bowls supporters! Our planning team is already working to get ready for 2019 Empty Bowls. We need organizations and businesses to consider hosting a bowl painting. It’s a fun way to ... See more

1 year ago

Thank you to all who attended Empty Bowls 2018! We raised over $20,000 to support hunger and poverty education and aid efforts in Portage County!

Thank you to all the volunteers, soup donors, ... See more

1 year ago

Empty Bowls 2018 is this Saturday, October 20!
Join us for great soup and entertainment and take home a hand-painted bowl that will remind you that "someone's bowl is always empty". All this for ... See more

1 year ago

We still need about 15 volunteers. It's a fun event at which to volunteer, served a great cause, and you even get the tshirt! You can sign up at