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

  A Note From the Planning Committee  ›

Saturday February 26, 2022

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

In 2022, our event will be one day only. Come enjoy the great weather and listen to local entertainment while shopping for your perfect bowls.

All COVID safety protocols deemed necessary by the City of Tempe at the time of the event will be followed.

Bowls will be available for a $10 minimum donation. Larger bowls will also be available for $15 and up.

Note that no soup will be served this year.

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Proceeds Benefit:

Tempe Community Action Agency logo

United Food Bank logo

If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.
- Buzz Aldrin
Ending hunger in Tempe one bowl at a time

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

Event

Support Your Community and Help Fight Hunger
Tempe Empty Bowls is a one day free, fun event featuring a beautiful selection of hand-crafted bowls and live entertainment. 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.

All COVID safety protocols deemed necessary by the City of Tempe at the time of the event will be followed

Note that no soup will be served this year.

Tempe Library Courtyard
Saturday, February 26th
10am - 2pm
3500 South Rural Road
SW corner of Rural & Southern
Music by Walt Richardson and Randy Olson and Friends
Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
- Dorothy Day

Our Bowl Contributors

Special thanks to all the individual ceramic artists, students, and staff for their countless hours of creativity and hard work in preparation for this event year after year.

City of Tempe Ceramics Program

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

Tempe Elementary & Middle Schools:
Aguilar, Arredondo, Broadmor, Carminati, Connolly MS, Curry, Fees CPMS, Frank, Fuller, Getz, Gililland MS, Holdeman, Hudson, Laird, McKenny AIS, Meyer, Nevitt, Rover, Scales, Thew, Ward, and Wood

Our Sponsors

The Tempe Empty Bowls planning committee would like to send our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the sponsors and supporters over the years. We could not have done it without you!

  • As You Wish Pottery
  • Berning’s Fine Jewelry
  • Bridget Cherie Harper Scholarship Fund
  • City of Tempe
  • Charlie Trumbull’s
  • Charging Life
  • Daily Jam (Formerly NCounter)
  • Diggs Logo Products
  • Emerson Network Power
  • Escalante Community Gardens
  • Kyrene School District
  • Laguna Clay Company
  • LS Branding
  • Marjon Ceramics Inc.
  • MaskMarket.com
  • Motorola
  • PedalHaus
  • Printing Specialists
  • Ramsey Social Justice Foundation
  • Sprouts (formerly Sunflower Farmers Market)
  • TCAA
  • teamworks communications
  • Tempe School District No. 3
  • Tempe Union High School District
  • TextAim
  • United Food Bank
  • UREP
  • Whole Foods Market

Contact Us

Have questions? You can always email us or message us on Facebook.

•  Tempe Community Council Impact Award  •

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.

For more information, visit Tempe Community Council.