Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger growing across the nation and world. The idea is that potters, artists, and community members work together to create custom hand crafted bowls, which are then sold or auctioned off at a simple soup and bread dinner for the community. The funds raised go to benefit an organization that feeds people in need, and the guests each take home their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
It's an idea that combines compassion with creativity, public awareness with community building. In our own backyard, Leavenworth has been hosting an Empty Bowls festival for its residents for over 22 years, and because of their overwhelming support, they suggested that we start one here in Wenatchee. We began hosting our Empty Bowls event in 2012 and each year it gets bigger and better. This year will be our sixth Wenatchee Empty Bowls event.
Here's how ours works: For a donation of $10 on the day of one of our community paintings guests will receive their own ceramic bowl to glaze and customize to their liking and later pick up and keep at our dinner to serve as a reminder of all the bowls that go empty in our area each day. Guests will also receive a ticket to our Empty Bowls dinner in the Spring where they will enjoy a simple soup and bread dinner donated by local restaurants. At the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to bid to win silent auction items donated by local businesses. All proceeds of the Wenatchee Valley Empty Bowls event will go to supporting the North Central Washington Food Distribution Center, which delivers over 1 million pounds of food annually to 12 area food banks and five meal programs in Chelan and Douglas Counties.
Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?
We need your help to make Wenatchee Valley Empty Bowls a success! If you would like to learn more about our Empty Bowls sponsorship opportunities click HERE.
Join our Planning Committee or Become a Volunteer
We would love your help in planning and implementing this event each year! To learn more about the various volunteer opportunities we have for this event please visit our Empty Bowls Volunteer webpage by clicking HERE!
Keep watch for information about the upcoming Wenatchee Empty Bowls events! To Visit the Wenatchee Valley Empty Bowls 2018 webpage click HERE!
If you would like to make an individual contribution click the button below and please specify Empty Bowls.