Mar 27 2020


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


$25 per Ticket

Empty Bowls 2020: The 11th Anniversary Benefit & Fundraiser Night

On the evening of Friday, March 27th, 2020 the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will hold their annual Empty Bowls event at the Hilton Garden’s Convention Center  in Cedar Falls. Featuring co-hosts Daniel Winn (KWWL) and Tyler Metcalf (Farmers State Bank), the goal of the event is to raise awareness and educate the community on the issue of hunger. In addition to receiving a simple meal of bread and soup and a symbolic bowl, event attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, and participate in a silent and live auction beginning at 6:00 p.m and concluding around 9:00 pm.  Auction items include electronics, artwork, jewelry, sports memorabilia, event tickets and several gift certificates.

If you would like to donate an item for the raffle, silent or live auction, please contact our Community Events Manager, Madison Metcalf, at or 319-235-0507.

The concept behind Empty Bowls began in 1990. A high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students find a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to fill empty bowls near you.

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