About

Our Mission

Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization engaged in a grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight against hunger in our local communities.

How it all started

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight against hunger. The project was initiated by a Michigan art teacher in 1990 as a way to raise charitable funds for his community. His idea spread, and Empty Bowls events now take place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.

Empty Bowls On the Peninsula

Here on the Peninsula, a committee of five enthusiastic volunteers first met in early 2011. As plans for the fundraiser developed, the committee grew to over 50 volunteers at our first event.

In the summer of 2012, we incorporated as Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., and became a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., are tax deductible retroactive to our date of incorporation (September 14, 2012).

Our first event was held in 2012 and has continued annually since then. We have raised thousands of dollars for hunger-fighting organizations each year.

Would you like to… make and donate bowls? … offer silent auction items? … volunteer your time? … Please contact us @ EmptyBowlsVaPeninsula@gmail.com for information on supporting our event.