Empty Bowls Naples celebrates its 2020 Grant Recipients


Empty Bowls Naples Inc. distributed $157,500 in grants to nine local organizations supporting the Empty Bowls mission to "eliminate hunger in our communities ONE BOWL at a time". Funding for the Empty Bowls Naples Inc. Grant Program comes from the net proceeds of the annual Empty Bowls Naples Event held in Cambier Park each January.

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce our 2020 Empty Bowls Naples Inc. grant recipients. These organizations range in size from small to large and together help address the food insecurities of children, elderly, disabled, low-income individuals and families, and unemployed populations in our communities.
Recipients: How Grant will be used: Find them at:
Community Cooperative Inc. To purchase food for Meals on Wheels, Community Café and their Mobile Food Pantry Program https://communitycooperative.com/
Meals of Hope To purchase food for mobile food pantries https://mealsofhope.org/
Midwest Food Bank To purchase food for two mobile food pantries https://www.midwestfoodbank.org/locations/fort-myers-fl
Naples Senior Center To supplement food pantry https://www.naplesseniorcenter.org/
New Hope Ministries To purchase food (healthy) for food pantry https://www.newhopenaples.com/
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry To purchase food for pantry https://ourdailybreadfoodpantry.com/about-us/
St. Matthew’s House To purchase food to stock their pantries https://stmatthewshouse.org/
St. Vincent de Paul Society Naples District Council To fund Meals on Meals and Choice Food Pantry https://www.svdpnaples.org/
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children To purchase food for pantry https://naplesshelter.org/

Certainly this comes at a crucial time in all our lives and fulfills our mission to help eliminate hunger. COVID-19 has put 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.

Empty Bowls Naples Inc. thanks all the generous individuals and organization that made the January 2020 fundraising event such a success. It was a group effort reflecting the many hours of tireless work on behalf of our artists, potters, sponsors, soup donors and volunteers. The Empty Bowls Naples Inc. Grant Program would not exist without our community support.

Thank you for your dedication to feeding our neighbors in need!

helping hands

Apply for the next EBN Grant in Spring 2021!