Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls to Benefit Food Bank of East Alabama // March 27, 2021 5 – 7 p.m. at Kiesel Park

As part of an ongoing effort to combat hunger in our area, the City of Auburn’s Dean Road Ceramics Studio and the City of Opelika’s Denson Drive Recreation Center will host the 8th annual Auburn-Opelika Empty Bowls on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Kiesel Park. Each year, the event alternates between Auburn and Opelika. This event will include entertainment and raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased at either the Dean Road Ceramics Studio in Auburn or the Denson Drive Recreation Center in Opelika starting in February. Every ticket purchased is a direct donation to the Food Bank of East Alabama. Each ticketholder gets their choice of a handmade bowl created by local artists and a “to go” soup kit. In case of inclement weather, Empty Bowls will be held at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.

For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944.

What is Empty Bowls?

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that was initially created by The Imagine Render Group in 1991. The basic premise is simple: Local and regional potters, craftspeople and educators work to create hundreds of handcrafted bowls for each Empty Bowls event. Guests are then invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests can keep their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our communities. 100% of the money raised by the Auburn and Opelika ceramics studios during each Empty Bowls event is donated to the East Alabama Community Food Bank.

As Covid-19 cases surge around our community, county and the world many of us are wondering how we can help. Our neighbors, friends and family are facing hunger now more than ever. This pandemic has been painful, but we as a community can come together and help. Many details about this year’s event will be different. However, the main goal of our Empty Bowls event will not change.

Empty Bowls would not be possible without the generous support of our local sponsors. Each year, sponsors donate delicious soup, bread, unique items for the Empty Bowls Raffle and in some cases their talents! For our 2021 event, the Auburn University Fighting World Hunger group will be volunteering their time to ensure a safe and successful event.

*COVID-19 note: All Empty Bowls attendees must wear a mask entering, and exiting the event. Staff will follow all social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

*All event seating will maintain a 6-foot distance from one another

*Animals will not be allowed to attend the event.

*High-risk community members and those feeling ill should not attend. We look forward to hosting out annual Empty Bowls Event while enforcing social distancing and sanitation

Contact Information
For additional information for Empty Bowls, please contact:

The JDCAC at (334) 501-2944 or Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at edombrowski@auburnalabama.org.

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