Empty Bowls 2016

The concept of Empty Bowls began in 1990 when a Michigan art teacher wanted to come up with a way for his students to help out with the issue of hunger in our communities. Since then, the Empty Bowls Project has grown to be an international initiative. In November of 2017, IU East will host an Empty Bowls Luncheon. In preparation for the event, IU East students, along with potters in the community, create hundreds of beautifully handcrafted bowls. In exchange for a cash donation to benefit hunger relief, luncheon guests are invited to select a bowl, which will be filled with their choice of delicious soup. Those who donate get to keep their bowl as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty.

The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity…It is the collective genius of all people involved that has made Empty Bowls what is has become. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. Each individual or group organizing an event designs it around the need of their own community.” – emptybowls.net