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Empty Bowls in Wichita Falls

The basic premise of Empty Bowls involves local artists, restaurants and community volunteers working together to fill empty bowls in their communities. Guests are invited to a  meal of soups, breads and desserts from an array of local restaurants (stick to one or indulge in as many as you would like!). In exchange for their ticket stub, guests may pick out a handcrafted bowl, made by a local artist, as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, where it will be used to feed hungry people right here in our community. 

Empty Bowls began in Wichita Falls in 2012 under the leadership of Paula Perkins and Leslie Schaffner. The Steering Committee, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, Donors, Artists, Restaurants, and Volunteers gave selflessly to raise funds to make sure fewer bowls go unfilled in our community.



Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots movement that has raised millions of dollars towards the fight against hunger. The first Empty Bowls project began over twenty years ago as a one-time lunch event at a high school in Detroit to help raise money for a student drive. Art teacher, John Hartom, challenged his students to keep their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Empty Bowls is unique in that it does not have headquarters, director, or guidelines. Each individual event is a distinct experience, unmatched by any other, designed to meet needs of the specific community.

Empty Bowls projects are a great example of how individuals can come together to make a targeted impact in their communities.

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