Empty Bowls!

What is Empty Bowls?

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. The premise of the Empty Bowls project is straightforward. Patrons are served a simple meal of soup and bread. At the end of the event, guests choose a ceramic bowl (crafted by artists and community participants) to keep. The empty bowls are a reminder of the many bowls we have filled, and the bowls we still need to fill to provide nourishment and food to the hungry.

Empty Bowls began in Michigan in the spring of 1991. Due to the tremendous success of the project and the work of thousands of participants, Empty Bowls projects now occur many times throughout the year, all over the world, raising millions of dollars to fight hunger.

Feeding South Dakota first brought Empty Bowls to Rapid City in 2013 and then to Pierre in 2016. We'll see you in Rapid City in 2020!

  • RAPID CITY 2020 DATE COMING SOON!

(Pictures from past Empty Bowls events.)