About Empty Bowls


Since 2006, Fourth & Hope has been hosting Empty Bowls on the third Thursday in October. This fundraiser supports our mission to serve the homeless and hungry in our community and to raise awareness of hunger.

This national event was started in 1990 by a group of high school students in Michigan searching for a way to raise funds for a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal.


Empty Bowls guests select a handmade bowl (donated by local artists and students) as a reminder of hunger in the world and are served a simple soup lunch or dinner in exchange for a cash donation. You are asked to keep your bowl as a reminder of the meal’s purpose. After the event, each time time you take your handmade bowl from the cupboard, you will be reminded that someone’s bowl is always empty and on this one occasion you helped alleviate hunger and homelessness and you could choose to do so again at any time.


Empty Bowls is made possible by our sponsors, the many local restaurants who donate the soup, bread, and cookies, and, of course, you. Tickets to this year’s event are available Click Here

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