If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.
- Buzz Aldrin
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, 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.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller
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.
We can't help everyone but...everyone can help someone.
- Dr. Loretta Scott
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.
6th Street Park
, February 25th
11am - 2pm
East of Mill on 6th Street
Tempe Library Courtyard
, February 26th
11am - 2pm
3500 South Rural Road
SW corner of Rural & Southern
Music by Randy Olson and Friends
Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
- Dorothy Day