What is Empty Bowls?


What is Empty Bowls?

Since its small beginnings in 1990 at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Empty Bowls has become an international grassroots project to raise funds for local food shelves. In 1999, Hopkins Public Schools art teachers and leaders in Hopkins Community Education saw the growing need for a fundraiser in our own community. Art students and community potters have been creating hundreds of unique soup bowls for the event ever since. Over the first 16 years of Empty Bowls, our Hopkins Schools community has raised a total of $862,025 to assist our neighbors in need through the work of ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf!

You are invited to join us at our 17th annual Empty Bowls Event to choose your favorite free handmade soup bowl, eat a simple meal of donated soup and bread, enjoy a variety of musical entertainment, and make a generous free will donation. Professional potters have donated beautiful bowls and related art for our silent auction. Invite your family and friends to join you on March 24! 

Are there “empty bowls” in our community?

Our local community agencies provide much more than food for our neighbors in need.

• ICA Food Shelf has 2 busy sites in Minnetonka. In 2014 ICA provided over 14,000 food assists totaling 1.6 million pounds of food, and distributed $217,838 to help families with rent, mortgage and utilities.  ICA also assisted 111 people with employment services. About half of our families using ICA (over 840 households each month) have children, with one quarter being single head of household families.

• ResourceWest, located in downtown Hopkins, works to connect and stabilize individuals and families in the West Metro through resource connections, collaborative programs, social services, and children & youth programs. Every year ResourceWest makes over 10,000 resource connections for people looking for food, housing, healthcare, jobs, education, and more. In 2014, ResourceWest served over 1,000 children with school supplies, winter warm wear, and holiday gifts. Our Social Services Program provided more than 25 financial grants for car repairs, prescriptions & childcare. We provided over 600 households in crisis due to homelessness, sudden loss of income, health issues, or transportation issues with short-term case management assistance. ResourceWest believes in helping people move from crisis to action to hope.