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Fill Your Belly and Your Heart at the Austin Empty Bowl Project

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Join the Austin Empty Bowl Project for their annual event on Sunday, November 19 at the Central Texas Food Bank, located at 6500 Metropolis Drive in Austin. Always held the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this family-friendly event invites you to select your favorite from thousands of locally crafted ceramic bowls, have it filled with gourmet soup and bread, and listen to live music while enjoying your lunch.

Your $20 donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Take the bowl home with you to remind you that others have empty bowls. The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by Austin area potters to fight hunger.

Started in the 1990’s in Michigan

Empty Bowl

Photo: Facebook/Austin Empty Bowl Project

The concept for “Empty Bowls” started in the early 1990’s with Bloomfield Hills, Michigan high school students and their art teacher, John Hartom. In an effort to help out with the local food drive they threw, decorated and fired 120 bowls. The school’s staff was invited to the cafeteria to select a bowl and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. John and his wife, Lisa Blackburn, talked to the staff about hunger in their community, thanked them for their cash donations and then asked them to take their bowls home with them as a reminder of those with empty bowls. There are now “Empty Bowls” projects all over the world.

The Austin Empty Bowl Project

Austin empty bowl project
Photo: Facebook/Austin Empty Bowl Project

The Austin Empty Bowl Project (AEBP) was the first of its kind in Texas, founded in 1997 by Kit Adams, the owner of ClayWays Pottery Studio & Gallery. Each year, AEBP has grown in participation by both donors and attendees and, with the help of the generous Austin community, the organization has raised more than $900,000.

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