About Empty Bowls
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.
About Empty Bowls VA Peninsula
In 2011, a committee of five enthusiastic volunteers first met to discuss hosting an Empty Bowls event on the Virginia Peninsula. As plans for the fundraiser developed, the committee grew to over 50 volunteers for our first event.
In the summer of 2012, we incorporated as Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., and received designation as a 501(c)(3) organization shortly thereafter. Donations to Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, Inc., are tax-deductible retroactive to our date of incorporation (September 14, 2012).
We hosted our first event in 2012 and have continued annually since then, raising thousands of dollars for hunger-fighting organizations each year.
How Empty Bowls HelpsFunds raised by Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula are used to help feed people in need in our community. We do this by awarding grants to local organizations with programs that provide meals or groceries to people in need in Peninsula communities.To be considered as a grant recipient, your organization must be: a non-profit with tax-exempt status, located on the Virginia Peninsula (from Williamsburg/James City County to Hampton), operate programs that help feed people in need in the Virginia Peninsula communities.While we may select organizations that provide for other needs as well, we stipulate that funds donated by Empty Bowls be used solely to fight hunger.Grant applications may be filled out online or by mail prior to the event.