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Watch for information on everyone’s favorite community event! Coming up in March 2020 at Longmont High School.


Proceeds benefit our our food program, which helped over 19,000 households in 2018!

We hope you continue to enjoy the Empty Bowls tradition!

The deadline for painting bowls at Crackpots for this year’s Empty Bowls event has passed, but please check in with us early in 2020.

To see photos of the hundreds of bowls that our supporters have painted at Crackpots for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OURCenter.

THANKS to the following 2019 sponsors:

1stBank, Crackpots, Bank of Colorado, Colorado Medical Device Consulting, AltaVita Memory Care Centre, ANB Bank, Rush Law, Elevations Credit Union, Golden Triangle Construction, Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., Longs Peak United Methodist Church, Sun Construction & Facility Services, Inc., and WEL Consulting!

THANKS to these food vendors providing delicious soup, bread, or dessert for Empty Bowls:

A Spice of Life Catering, Brooklyn Deli and Grill, Chick-fil-A, Flavor of India, Georgia Boys, Greens Point Catering, Kho’s Asian Bistro, La Momo Maes Bakery, Longmont Dairy Farm, Marketplace Bakery, Mike O’Shay’s, Niwot Tavern, OUR Center Community Café, Pumphouse Brewery, Sakura Japanese Cuisine, Samples World Bistro, St. Vrain Valley School District CDC Culinary Arts Program, Sugarbeet, Texas Roadhouse, The Roost, and Tortugas.

THANKS to these St. Vrain Valley Schools participating by making & donating bowls: Erie Middle School, Fall River Elementary School, Frederick High School, Longmont High School, Mead Middle School, and Skyline High School.  We love your creativity!

Volunteers Needed: It takes over 100 volunteers to have a successful Empty Bowls event!  If you are interested in helping, contact Julie Lupien, Director of Volunteer Services, at 303-772-5529 ext. 235, email julie@ourcenter.org or sign up here: volunteersignup.org

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

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.