• A Michigan high school teacher who created ceramic bowls with his students and then sold them and gave the profits to hunger-relief charities founded the Empty Bowls program.  Each bowl is unique and made with care by a New Richmond School District 5th grade & High School art students, as well as community members for feeding hungry people.  It works like this: guests choose a bowl and are served a generous serving of soup and bread made by local restaurants, in exchange for a $10 suggested donation.  Guests keep the bowl as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. This event is organized by volunteers and runs on almost a zero budget, which means time, services and products are donated at little or no cost, so all the money can help others.  It's a wonderful, feel-good event full of caring people.  


    The goal is to raise money, which will then be donated to LOCAL hunger-relief organizations to New Richmond Happy Kids Backpack Program. 

    Please join us this year in the effort to fill an Empty Bowl.  


  • Join us on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 for a bowl of soup and tasty bread, and help to feed the hungry.  The Empty Bowls Project is a nationwide effort by artists to help fight hunger.  New Richmond is proud to host the 12th Annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit New Richmond Area hunger-fighting organizations. 

    As many of you know….times are getting even tougher!  Empty Bowls 2020 is more important than ever for the New Richmond Food Shelf and the Happy Kids Backpack program…they need YOUR support! The New Richmond Happy Kids Backpack program in 2018, without fail, delivered more than 70 backpacks each week, which feeds more than 300 individuals!

    As you can imagine, the costs for these programs are substantial, as it costs approximately $8.50 to $10.00 to fill each backpack each week.  Our goal is also to provide milk coupons weekly, and that is dependent upon the generosity of donors, grants and other sources.


    Empty Bowls




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