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.




10 months ago

SAVE THE DATE! Empty Bowls October 19, 2019

11 months 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