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 during the 1990-91 school year as a way to raise charitable funds for his community. His idea spread, and Empty Bowls events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.

Here on the Peninsula, we formed a committee of five enthusiastic volunteers in the early months of 2011. We began meeting monthly and decided to call our committee and our fundraising event “Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula” (EBVP). As plans for the fundraiser developed, the committee grew to include additional volunteers. We had over 50 volunteers working the night of the 2012 fundraiser (our first). We hoped to be successful enough to host an annual event. In the summer of 2012, EBVP formally incorporated as Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., and filed an application with the IRS seeking recognition of tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization. The IRS made a favorable determination and we were granted tax deductible status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. So donations to Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., are tax deductible retroactively to the date of our incorporation, September 14, 2012.

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 within our local communities.

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 March 21, 2014, event.