Empty Bowls Raising Money to Fight Hunger

Charles Wright Academy will host another Empty Bowls charity event this holiday season, raising money to assist Pierce County residents struggling with hunger. This year, the Emergency Food Network (EFN) is teaming up with a number of local businesses and eateries to make the event as successful as possible.

Now gaining steam at a national level, Empty Bowls started as a classroom project in the early ’90s by Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom, art teachers in Michigan. According to CNN, the movement has spread to at least 14 other countries since. Empty Bowls events go on throughout the year by independent groups, cumulatively raising millions of dollars to battle hunger over the years.

Around Tacoma, local potters, woodworkers, and glassblowers have spent countless hours handcrafting bowls to donate to Empty Bowls for the past 20 years. This year, more than 1,000 bowls will be available for purchase at the event. Bowl prices start at $5 and serve as a reminder that many people in the community have empty bowls every day. Participants are invited to fill their bowl with free soup from Café Pacific Catering, Chambers Bay Grill, Happy Belly, Infinite Soups, Pacific Grill, Stanley and Seaforts, and The Swiss Restaurant and Pub at the event.

According to EFN, more than $38,000 was raised at last year’s local Empty Bowls, which went towards providing 190,000 meals for food-insecure residents in Pierce County. This year, Sound Credit Union, Toyota Lift Northwest, and other local business will sponsor the event to ensure similar success will be reached. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at Charles Wright Academy.


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