2023 Empty Bowls Campaign Kickoff Event

November 16, 2023 @ 5:30PM — January 1, 2024 @ 12:00AM Central Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

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Join us for our 1st Annual Empty Bowls Event supporting Grow It Forward's hunger programs, which provide more than 725,000 meals annually to children and families in Manitowoc County with insufficient access to the healthy foods they need to thrive.


In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine /RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to promote the project. Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

As a participant of our event, you will also select a hand-painted and /or -crafted ceramic bowl designed by professional potters, school and university art classes, sample delicious soup and bread from local chefs while listening to live music – all of which will be donated. As in Michigan, you will take the bowls home as a reminder that SOMEONE’S BOWL IS ALWAYS EMPTY.

With your Empty Bowls ticket:

  • Choose a one-of-a-kind artisan-created bowl to keep.
  • Enjoy delicious food and desserts.
  • Groove with live musing by Nettle Hill.
  • Win cool stuff with raffles and a silent auction.
  • Celebrate our annual Cornucopia Award Winner.

Google "Empty Bowls" to see more about this worldwide movement!

A big thank you to our sponsors!

SOUP-er Hero!
Seehafer News
Lakeside Foods
Contemporary Energy Solutions
Glaze & Paint
Two Rivers Rotary
Shipbuilders Credit Union
Brennan Seehafer
BayCare Clinic
Fox Communities CU
Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home
Nicolet Bank - Manitowoc
Novak's Service Center
Beth Drinkwine
Bank First
Burger Boat Company
Denoyer's Woodworking & Improvement
Orion Energy Systems
Sepia Wedding & Event Venue
You're Unbelieva-BOWL!
Crystal Pathway, LLC
Elm Street Style - Events, Ideas, Goods
Lakeshore Accounting, Inc
Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Little Sprouts Farm
Manitowoc Ice/Pentair
Shoreline Credit Union
Crowley Gear

$38,860 raised by 126 people


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