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Greetings to our loyal Empty Bowls supporters and volunteers!
Despite the uncertainties, we are continuing to move forward in hopes of holding our 15th Annual Event in Cambier Park on Saturday, January 23, 2021! We are brainstorming to develop backup plans should COVID-19 and Naples City guidelines require us to change our traditional event format.
From the last event, Empty Bowls Naples awarded grants totaling $157,500 to nine local organizations fighting to end hunger in Collier and Lee counties. We restricted applicants to organizations that do direct distribution of food through food banks and food pantries in Collier and Lee counties. The 2020 grant recipients are:
- Community Cooperative Inc.
- Meals of Hope
- Midwest Foodbank
- Naples Senior Center
- New Hope Ministries
- Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
- Matthew’s House
- Vincent DePaul Society Naples District Council
- The Shelter for Abused Women and Children
Our goal is to raise even more at our next event!! In these difficult times, the need for the services provided by Empty Bowls Naples is at an all-time high. We will be reaching out to our generous sponsors, Friends of Empty Bowls, and soup donors and if necessary, adjust our event to the existing situation. Please consider becoming a 2021 Sponsor or Friend of Empty Bowls Naples.
Above all, stay well and be safe.
~The Empty Bowls Naples Board of Directors
Thank you for helping Empty Bowls fight hunger ONE BOWL at a time!
One Bowl at a Time
The "Empty Bowls Project" is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. The mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community. The basic premise is simple:
+ Potters, educators, students, and volunteers work with the community to create handcrafted bowls.
+ Local restaurants donate soup and bread to serve.
+ Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread served at Cambier Park each year.
Empty Bowls Naples is an annual fundraiser started by a group of volunteers under the leadership of Donna Torrance and her Barron Collier High School students in an effort to help fight hunger in their community.
The event benefits local organizations that provide food to those in need and allows us to offer grants to organization directly fighting hunger.