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The 14th annual Empty Bowls is taking place on

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Longmont High School

Doors Open 10:30a

Lunch 11am to 1pm

Silent Auction 10:30a – 1:15p

$20 per ticket ($25 at the door)

1 ticket = meal for 10 people. All proceeds stay in the greater Longmont area.

About Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is the OUR Center’s signature fundraiser designed to raise awareness and to help feed the hungry in our community. All proceeds will benefit the OUR Center’s food program.

Attendees select a unique, hand-made bowl made by a local artist, and select two types of soup from area restaurants and caterers. They then get to enjoy a meal with family and friends—the bowl is theirs to keep as a reminder of those who face hunger every day.

How Can you Help?

empty-bowls-2016-72OUR Center’s Community Cafe & Community Market feed over 16,000 households every year. By becoming a supporter of the 14th Annual Empty Bowls, your financial gift allows OUR Center to provide families and individuals hot and nutritious meals while they work with OUR Center to achieve self-sufficiency.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Crackpots Studio

OUR Center, 220 Collyer Street, Longmont. (through Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m)

The form on this page.

Additional Information:

Contact Elaine 303-772-5529 Ext. 224  or elaine@ourcenter.org.

Sponsorships, auction items and partnerships still available.


History of Empty Bowls

In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for 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 in 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 combat hunger.empty-bowls-2016-52

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