Tempe Empty Bowls


There are too many empty bowls
in the world.
Please help fill some in Tempe.

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, 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


2023 Event Details

Saturday, February 25, 2023
10am – 2pm
TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY COURTYARD
3500 South Rural Road

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

In 2023, our event will be one day only. Bowls will be available for a $10 donation. Larger bowls will also be available for $15 and up. Come enjoy the great weather and listen to local entertainment while shopping for your perfect bowls.

Proceeds Benefit


Tempe Community Council Impact Award Announcement
Tempe Empty Bowls was the 2020 recipient of the Tempe Community Council Impact Award. This award is part of the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award program, and goes to groups or organizations that have made a significant impact on Tempe. The group received their award during the Tempe Community Council 37th Annual Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards, which was held virtually on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Contact Us

Have questions? You can always email us or message us on Facebook.
tcaaemergingleaderscommittee@gmail.com
facebook.com/TempeEmptyBowls

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