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We Help People Move Toward Self-Sufficiency


Thanks to our hundreds of donors who made Empty Bowls 2017 such a success!

Watch for information on our 15th Annual Empty Bowls in March 2018.

OUR Center’s Community Cafe & Community Market feed over 16,000 households every year. By becoming a supporter of 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.

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



Additional Information:

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

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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In partnership with you, our goal is to develop a plan to help you move from financial crisis to self-sufficiency.