Empty Bowls at Oakton is part of a nonprofit, global movement that has raised millions of dollars for food banks, soup kitchens, and other meal programs. The Ceramics Club will host the Empty Bowls event on December 2nd, 2022 at the Ten Hoeve Center at Des Plaines from 10:30 am-2 pm. Attendees will be able to pick up ceramic artwork at this event and all the proceeds will go to six local food pantries.
The first Tempe Empty Bowls occurred in February 2002 after nearly a year of planning. Founding members of the steering committee were faith organizations interested in acting on their beliefs to care for the hungry. Tempe Community Council lent guidance and counsel as the early programs were developed; they brought on board Tempe Union High School District, City of Tempe, Tempe Elementary, and Whole Foods. In 2007 the sponsoring agency became Tempe Community Action Agency which has added vitality and energy to this project. Proceeds from the sale of the bowls are split between TCAA and United Food Bank. After the 20th anniversary event in 2022, organization of Tempe Empty Bowls was passed off to the TCAA Emerging Leaders Committee.
YMCA Empty Bowls, 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060 www.vtymca.org