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Greetings to our loyal Empty Bowls supporters and volunteers!

Empty Bowls Naples announces grant recipients for 2021!

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce 2021 Empty Bowls Naples Inc. grant recipients. This year we are awarding grants totaling $120,000 to eight local organizations fighting to end hunger in our communities. The 2021 grant recipients are:

  • Community Cooperative Inc.
  • Meals of Hope
  • Midwest Food Bank
  • New Hope Ministries
  • Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
  • St. Matthew’s House
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Naples District Council
  • The Shelter for Abused Women and Children

Certainly this comes at a crucial time in all our lives and fulfills our mission to help eliminate hunger. COVID-19 is taking a tremendous toll on so many of our Collier and Lee counties neighbors, greatly increasing the number of food insecure families and individuals in this area. To be responsive to our community needs, this year’s EBNI grants have been awarded exclusively to food banks and food pantries making direct distribution of food to the public.

Due to the cancellation of our 15th Annual Event in January, 2021, we needed to strategize and be creative in our fundraising efforts. Fortunately we were successful. The Empty Bowls Naples Inc. Grant Program would not exist without our community support.

Please join us in congratulating the Empty Bowls Naples 2021 Grant recipients and thanking them for their dedication to feeding our neighbors in need.


~The Empty Bowls Naples Board of Directors

Thank you for helping Empty Bowls fight hunger ONE BOWL at a time!




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JANUARY 22nd, 2022 | 11AM - 2PM | CAMBIER PARK


Since 1993

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.


Hand painted bowls that attendees pick and keep as a reminder to help feed their community

Volunteers Make it Happen

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who devote endless hours to make the Empty Bowls Naples event a success at raising funds to feed the community.

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Thank you to all of the Empty Bowls Naples Sponsors who financially support each event and help to provide needed supplies!

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Soup and Serving

Local restaurants help to make the Empty Bowls Naples event a tasteful success! Volunteers and community members serve up soup one bowl at a time to event attendees for a tasty way to support the community.

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