Can't make it to Tempe Empty Bowls this year?
There are too many empty bowls in the world.
Please help fill some of Tempe's.

•  Be a Part of Tempe Empty Bowls  •

As You Wish Pottery will have a booth at the Tempe Empty Bowls event on Saturday, February 24th. For $10, you can paint a bowl which will be donated to the 2019 Tempe Empty Bowls event. So come by and "paint it forward!"

February 23 & 24, 2018

Tempe Empty Bowls is a free, fun event featuring a beautiful selection of hand-crafted bowls and live entertainment.

Purchase a bowl for a $10 donation and Whole Foods Market Tempe will provide a simple meal of soup and bread (symbolic of the caloric intake that must sustain many around the world for an entire day).

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Proceeds Benefit:

Tempe Community Action Agency logo

United Food Bank logo

Tempe's Poverty Rate
23% of Tempe residents (29% of kids under 18 live in poverty)*
Meals Were Provided
to Tempe citizens last year by Tempe Community Action Agency*

Our Story

The first Tempe Empty Bowls occurred in February 2002 after nearly a year of planning. Founding members of the steering committee were faith organizations interested in acting on their beliefs to care for the hungry. Since that time the steering committee has broadened its base, but has held true to its custom of having a bowl of soup made by a volunteer at every meeting.
Tempe Community Council lent guidance and counsel as the early programs were developed; they brought on board Tempe Union High School District, The City of Tempe, Tempe Elementary, and Whole Foods. In 2007 the sponsoring agency became Tempe Community Action Agency which has added vitality and energy to this project. Proceeds from the sale of the bowls is split between TCAA and United Food Bank.
Food insecurity is one of the early indicators of family economic crisis.
You can delay paying a bill for several weeks,
but you can't delay eating!
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 fund raising 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. Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.
of Children Enrolled
in the Tempe Elementary School District receive free or reduced-price lunch*
Pounds of Food
distributed by United Food Bank through its Tempe Kid's LIFE youth programs*

The Events

Two Opportunities to Support Your Community
Tempe Empty Bowls is a free event held on two days at two locations. Come enjoy the great weather outside and listen to local entertainment. Both dates offer the opportunity to purchase beautiful hand-crafted bowls for a $10 donation. With your donation you will receive a simple meal of soup and bread generously provided by Whole Foods Market Tempe.
6th Street Park
Friday, February 23rd
11am - 2pm
East of Mill on 6th St.
Downtown Tempe
Tempe Library Complex
Saturday, February 24th
11am - 2pm
SW corner of Rural & Southern
Music by Randy Olson and Friends

Our Sponsors and Contributors

Special thanks for the countless hours of creativity and hard work in preparation for this event by individual ceramic artists, students and staff at the following:

City of Tempe Ceramics Program

Tempe Union High Schools:
Compadre, Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Marcos de Niza, McClintock, Mountain Pointe, Tempe High

Tempe Elementary & Middle Schools:
Aguilar, Arredondo, Broadmor, Carminati, Curry, Frank, Fuller, Holdeman, Hudson, Laird, Meyer, Nevitt, Rover, Scales, Thew, Ward and Wood
Laguna Clay logo
Print Specialists logo

Contact Us

Hope you can make it on one of the days. We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Have questions? You can always email us or message us on Facebook.
* Tempe Community Action Agency, United Food Bank