24th Annual Empty Bowls Event Set for Sept. 12


Since 1990, Empty Bowls has been a grassroots movement of artists in towns and cities around the world helping fund food banks in their local communities.

Through event organizers’ efforts, and the help of other nonprofit charities, businesses, and local citizens, Empty Bowls has raised and distributed funds worldwide to help stamp out hunger. “Think globally, act locally, change the world” is the organization’s goal.

Prescott citizens have been supporting their own Empty Bowls movement since 1997. Prescott Empty Bowls is organized by the Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

In 2020, despite the pandemic and social distancing concerns, the event was held in the Granite Peak Unitarian parking lot. People bought tickets online and then picked out a handmade bowl and received a recipe for “Stone Soup” at the church. A record $21,000 was distributed to local foodbanks. A list of recipients who benefitted can be found on the Prescott Empty Bowls website.

This year Empty Bowls is back on Courthouse Square and people, once again, will line up to select a locally handcrafted bowl and receive two servings of soups from 14 local restaurants Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost is $20, and tickets can be purchased by cash or credit card (new this year!) at the event or in advance on the website. There will be a Buy-it-Now table of arts and crafts and a raffle to support this fundraising event.

In addition, there will be a 50/50 opportunity drawing and silent art auction held online via the Prescott Empty Bowls website Sept. 5 through Sept. 19.

Organizations supporting the event include: Prescott Area Woodturners, Yavapai College, Scout Troops 10, 7006 and 7106, Girl Scout Troop 579, and local artists, chefs, and businesses. For more information or to buy tickets visit prescott-empty-bowls.square.site or on Facebook at Empty Bowls of Prescott Arizona.

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