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Empty Bowls Fundraisers Help Fight Hunger


Empty Bowls Fundraisers are held all over the United States and the world
to raise money and awareness to help fight hunger and food insecurity.

The project was the idea of a school teacher who wanted to raise awareness of hunger by filling empty bowls. She started doing this in 1990 and it has become a grassroots movement throughout the world.

The way it works is that ceramic bowls are created and donated and then sold at a dinner or banquet. The participants choose their bowls then fill the bowls and enjoy the food. They get to keep the bowls as a reminder of the hunger that exists in their community.

The bowls are usually made by art students or ceramic artists.
Pottery Guilds are major participants in these fundraisers every year The food is usually something simple like soup or chili. Food can be donated by restaurants or made by the organizers. There are usually other foods to go along with the soups, such as homemade breads and desserts.

It does require several months to bring it all together. Handmade bowls will have to be created. Check with local schools and ceramic guilds and artists to see if they would like to help with your fund-raiser. Some fun ideas for getting the bowls created is that one group builds them and another group has painting parties. You can sell tickets to the event for $15 or $20 or whatever price you set. That is for the bowl and the food. You can get local “celebrities” to create a bowl and raise more more money by raffling the special bowls off.

The fundraiser can be held in a variety of places. In school or church cafeterias. It can be held in banquet facilities or restaurants. You can hold the fundraiser at the location that will be receiving the money raised, such as a soup kitchen or a shelter.

During the event you can have entertainment such as local singers or bands. Raffles, and silent auctions can also help to raise more money. Ask that attendees bring in canned foods and give them one raffle ticket for each can they donate.

What kind of food can be served? There are many options. In the summer you can serve ice cream sundaes. In the fall or winter you could serve soup, spaghetti, or chili. Consider the your regional food specialties, such as German food or Mexican food. You could also serve fruits that are being harvested such as bowls filled with strawberry shortcake. If local restaurants are donating their food then they can serve their specialties. The food possibilities are endless.

If your organization is looking for a way to raise money to help feed the hungry in your community consider holding an Empty Bowls fundraiser.

It can be a good learning experience for everyone who helps. For example, high school students can create the bowls as a service learning project.
The website www.emptybowls.net has more information to help you plan your own fundraiser.

Below are some online articles about Empty Bowl fundraisers.

This article has great photos of a fundraiser that has been going on for 18 years now!

Jo Dickins at Empty Bowls 2010 « Good Food Revolution

On May 19, I enjoyed my second visit to the Empty Bowls fundraiser at the Gardiner Museum – which isn’t saying much as the event is in its 18th year. For a mere $45, guests get to choose and keep a unique, handmade bowl, and taste (if …

Empty Bowls is getting ready for 2011 » Clarksville, TN Online

Did you know that last year over 500 bowls were painted for the annual Empty Bowls Soup Dinner? Raising $ 14000. Community folks sharing their gifts and talent to make this annual event special. Well, it is that time of year when we …

The Walleye – Thunder Bay’s Arts and Culture Alternative » Blog

Empty Bowls Caring Hearts Fundraiser. Start: October 17, 2010 12:00 am. Doors open at 4:45pm, dinner at 6:00pm. Tickets are $25 – available at the Fireweed (South Algoma) and George’s Market(River Street); children’s tickets are $5.00 …

Empty Bowl luncheon combats hunger | The Troy Messenger

The Empty Bowl Luncheon is a fundraiser for the Pike County Salvation Army and participants will pick out a handmade ceramic bowl, which will be filled with soup, and served with bread, tea and dessert. …

Odessa, Texas Empty Bowls | Empty Bowls

Title: Odessa, Texas Empty Bowls Location: Odessa, Texas Description: Empty Bowls Odessa, TX. October 1st, 2010 Saint John’s Episcopal Church 4th and.

This article is about fourth grade students who are making their bowls out of recycled record albums. They are not serving food in them but will be bartering the bowls for cans of food to be donated to a local food bank. This is a great way for young kids to hold their own fundraiser.

WCPSS:Morning Announcements: Vandora Springs Elementary Beginning

Vandora Springs Elementary will soon begin its annual Empty Bowl project, an art-based community outreach to fight hunger. Fourth grade Art Club students will create unique bowls formed from recycled record albums. …

Paper Mache Bowl Making in Daytona for World Food Day Fundraiser

About Empty Bowls from Wikipedia: “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. “Empty Bowls” allows participating artists and groups to create and donate …

Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser & Art Show, Seattle, Washington

Title: Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser & Art Show, Seattle, Washington Location: Seattle, Washington Description: Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser.

Donate a bowl, help the hungry

Empty Bowl Lunch. What: Georgia Mountain Food Bank fundraiser. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16. Where: First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville. How much: $25. Contact: 770-967-0075; Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Paint a bowl to …

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