Empty Bowls event being held Sept. 16 at Food Bank

FLINT – September is National Hunger Action Month and, once again, the Food Bank is hosting its signature fundraiser, Empty Bowls, Sept. 16.

Attendees enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread and dessert from a variety of local restaurants and take home a one-of-a-kind bowl, handcrafted by area artisans, to serve as a reminder of hunger in our communities.

This year’s event will also feature a cooking demos, celebrity servers, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and music by Exit 675 Entertainment.

The 2021 Presenting Sponsor is HAP and, as always, the Flint Institute of Arts crafted and secured the beautiful souvenir bowls that our patrons love so much. Many other generous sponsors have contributed to make this event a success.

Tickets are just $30 each and are available for sale now on the Events Page at FBEM.org or through event.gives/FBEMemptybowls.

In 1990, John Hartom, a Michigan High School art teacher created a way for his students to raise funds for a food drive. As a class project, students made clay 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.

The following year, the concept developed into Empty Bowls, a project to support food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. For the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and many food banks across the country, this has become a signature fundraising event.

Empty Bowls will be held at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Hunger Solution Center, 1939 Howard Ave. in Flint. Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner is 4-7 p.m.