Over a million dollars raised

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John Hartom Empty Bowls Project

(CNN) — The world produces enough food to meet the needs of its population, yet nearly one in six people suffers from chronic hunger according to the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security.

There are ways to change this statistic. Here are five creative ways to make an impact on hunger in your community and around the globe.


The Empty Bowls Project, the brainchild of artists John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, uses ceramic arts to fight hunger.

At each event potters and other artisans donate handcrafted bowls. Guests select one of the bowls and are served a meal of soup and bread. They take home their bowl as a reminder of how many go empty around the world.

Money raised is donated to organizations fighting hunger locally, like soup kitchens and food banks, or globally, like Oxfam and Feed the Children.

Empty Bowls started as a classroom project, but the movement has spread across the United States and to at least 14 other countries. Events vary between locations because they are independently organized, but all share the Empty Bowls name and mission.

To find an Empty Bowls event near your or learn how to host your own, visit the website.

Over a million dollars raised
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