Empty Bowls

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 receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl designed by professional potters, school and university art classes to sample delicious soup and bread from local chefs, and share a meal while listening to live music – all provided by donation. As in Michigan, you will take the bowls home as a reminder
that someone’s bowl is always empty.