4th Annual Empty Bowls Westchester

Thank you to everyone who made the 2018 Empty Bowls Westchester a success!

“The substantial grant from Empty Bowls Westchester, will cover nearly our entire produce bill for a full year!  Your grant will ensure that the Pantry can maintain the quality and quantity of the produce it provides, even as our client base continues to grow.  We are deeply grateful for not only the financial support of (914) Cares, but also the hours of service provided by your members as volunteers at Pantry distributions.  We consider (914) Cares to be a valued partner in the work we do feeding our neighbors in need.”

Kelly Housman – President, Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry

The Empty Bowls project is an international grassroots effort to raise both
money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.

Over $420,000 has been raised to help eradicate food insecurity
in Westchester County but the fight continues…

The premise is simple.

Communities work together to create hand-painted bowls.
Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread.
In exchange for a donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as
a reminder of the all the empty bowls in the world.

How It Began

The concept for “Empty Bowls” started in the early 90’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 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 project is now championed by The Imagine Render Group, a nonprofit whose mission is to develop creative, exciting, and powerful models that are replicable and scalable by others wishing to work for social justice.