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These are not bowls.



2019 Memphis Empty Bowls Project

was a great success! Stay tuned for information on next year's event. 



Hundreds of people from all over Shelby County come together to fight local hunger at the annual Memphis Empty Bowls Project fundraising event. 


Artisans, educators, and others around the Memphis area donate handcrafted and hand painted bowls to fight hunger. Choose a beautiful bowl to take home as a reminder of the bowls that go empty in the Memphis area, as well as the inspiring work being done in our community to fight hunger.


Guests are invited to a delicious, simple dinner of soup (donated by local restaurants) and bread and desserts while listening to live music.


Shop the art sale for additional artisan pieces. Proceeds from your purchase will  go toward the Memphis Empty Bowls' mission. 

Combining Community, Creativity, and Compassion

Paint & Donate a Bowl

The folks at Seize the Clay in Midtown are happy to help you or your group paint and donate a masterpiece to join our annual collection of bowls. They waive their studio fees for donated bowls and are happy to teach you techniques that make your piece special. 

Contact Seize the Clay

Spread the Word

Like us on Facebook; share our posts. Encourage your favorite restaurant to donate soup. Explain to individuals and companies why they should sponsor our event. Create a buzz among the artists you know. Start talking , and/or typing, about the Memphis Empty Bowls Project and don't stop!

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A large crew is needed to help before the event, during the event, and after the event. All hands are welcome on event day, January 20! Additionally, you can be a huge asset before the event by picking up bowls and soups from artists and restaurants, or even serving on the planning committee. Jump in.

Lend a Hand

2019 Event Proceeds 

Proceeds from last year's event will work to increase the serving capacities and nutritional offerings of local food pantries and soup kitchens, and provide supplies for community gardens and other efforts to end hunger in Memphis. 

If you know of a project that is working to end food insecurity locally, encourage them to apply for grant funding through Memphis Empty Bowls. Application information will be available Summer 2019. 


Since the first event in 2012, because of supporters like you, Memphis Empty Bowls Project has raised over $140,000 to fight hunger.  The proceeds have

Provided financial support to:

  • Mid-South Food Bank
  • Grow Memphis' Double Green$ Program
  • Church Health's Nutritional Education Programming
  • The food pantry at St. John's United Methodist Church
  • The food pantry at Scenic Hills United Methodist Church
  • Girls Inc. Memphis Youth Farm
  • C3 Land Cooperative
  • Community Table Memphis Food Bank Garden
  • Friends for Life
  • MIFA

Purchased a new commercial stove for the St. John's United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen, and frequently provided resources to enhance the nutritional quality of meals served there. 

Purchased Bring It Food Hub CSA subscriptions to guarantee the availability of local, fresh produce to food pantry guests.

Purchased thousands of jars of peanut butter for local food pantries.

Purchased refrigerators and freezers which enabled St. John's United Methodist Church food pantry to begin providing perishables such as fresh produce and meat to their guests. 

Renovated the St. John's United Methodist Church food pantry, which ultimately tripled their storage capacity for non-perishable items.

Purchased Crock Pots for the Syrian refugee families assisted by our friends at Memphis Islamic Center and for cooking classes through Perea. 

Launched the Perea Weekend Feeding Program to fight child hunger by providing low-income families with a box containing enough food to feed their entire family for at least a weekend, every Friday for the entire school year. It provided for families with children at Perea Preschool, a ministry of Church Health for at-risk 3-to-5-year-old children in a neighborhood called Klondike, which is among the poorest in the United States.  Through this program, Memphis Empty Bowls Project provided over 38,000 healthy meals and over 12,000 healthy snacks to these families. 

Provided snacks at Bruce Elementary School, where 70 percent of the families meet the income guidelines to be eligible for free and reduced school meals, to accompany a reading program called ARISE2Read.