Empty Bowl Origins
It all started when...
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 fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, then 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.
An Airdrie history...
The Airdrie Food Bank ran their first Empty Bowls Festival in June 2007 and was well received by the Airdrie Community. In 2008, we received funding through Canada Heritage for the first time and this made a huge difference to what we could do with the Festival. Each year has grown in number of musicians, activities offered, attendance by the community and bowls sold.
Since its creation in 2007 the Airdrie’s Empty Bowls Arts Festival has:
- served over 4,050 bowls of soup
- entertained about 8,000 people
- raised more than $42,000 in support of food bank programs!
The Airdrie Empty Bowls Festival is now an annual event that the community of Airdrie has wholeheartedly embraced, providing much needed funds to support the Airdrie Food Bank's programs.