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 Empty Bowls Festival is an annual event that the community of Airdrie has wholeheartedly embraced, providing much needed funds to support the Airdrie Food Bank's programs.

The Airdrie Food Bank ran their first Empty Bowls Arts Festival in June 2007 at Nose Creek Park. It 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.

The 2013 Empty Bowls Arts Festival shifted from an arts festival to emergency support for their neighbours in need during the Alberta floods. So many people donated non-perishable food and/or money that we raised $7,500 in food and $5,000 in cash! All money and food raised went to Alberta provincial Food Bank Associations to be distributed to areas most affected by the floods.

In 2015, we moved the event from Nose Creek Park to the Airdrie Food Bank's new building at 20 East Lake Way, where we continue to host the event.

Special thank you to our funders and all our volunteers and the community supporters for making this event possible!

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