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20th Annual Empty Bowls

Tuesday, March 13, 11:00 am7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, March 13 for the 20th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at the Hopkins Center for the Arts!

Every year, Hopkins Public Schools students and community potters create beautiful bowls for a soup meal fundraising event to support ICA Food Shelf and ResourceWest.

What makes Empty Bowls so wonderful?

Neighbors, families, students, civic leaders, local businesses, congregations, and community organizations come together to share a meal while raising money to help our neighbors in need. Whether you join us as a volunteer or a guest, you’re sure see and meet neighbors and friends, both new and old.

We are so thankful to the dozens of local restaurants that provide us with a variety of amazing soups throughout the day for Empty Bowls! You’ll have many choices anytime between 11:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. The simple meal of soup and delicious bread reminds us of the empty bowls in our community. The event is free and open to all in our community. Attendees are invited to make a freewill donation to support ICA and ResourceWest.

At the event, choose a handmade bowl from one of the 1,000+ bowls made by local students and community members. Bowls are made by students in Hopkins elementary schools as well children and adults in Hopkins Community Ed programs. Learn more about bowl-making classes here.

Throughout the day, local musicians and school choirs entertain guests as they have their soup! Past entertainers include musicians of all age ranges, choirs, bands, individuals, and small groups. The music ranges in style as well. Interested in performing? Contact us to learn more.

Silent Auction
Some of the best local artists in town donate amazing pieces to be auctioned off for Empty Bowls every year. Don’t miss the 2018 Silent Auction in the Art Center’s Gallery. Interested in donating to the silent auction? We’d love to feature your fine art in the auction. Contact us.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins
Empty Bowls is open to everyone in our community. All are welcome.
Freewill donations accepted.

Fueled by a passion for creativity and a desire to help our neighbors in need, Hopkins Public Schools art teachers and leaders at Hopkins Community Education founded our local Empty Bowls fundraiser. Since 1999, art students and community potters have created hundreds of unique soup bowls for this soup meal event that supports the work of ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf in our community. Like the many Empty Bowls fundraisers throughout the country, Hopkins Empty Bowls combines local art, students, and fundraising to benefit our local community.

Our local community support agencies provide much more than food for our neighbors in need.

ICA FOOD SHELF serves the communities of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, and Woodland through food services, homelessness prevention, and employment assistance. In 2016, ICA provided more than 1.47 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need — that’s the equivalent of more than 1 million meals. On average, the food shelf serves 800 families each month. ICA’s mobile food shelf provided fresh food to almost 1,300 families last year, and the home delivery program served an additional 113 home-bound individuals. ICA also provides Hopkins and Minnetonka schools with weekend food bags and snacks for students in need. ICA helped 119 people find jobs and helped 181 families stay in their homes through financial assistance in 2016.

RESOURCEWEST, located in downtown Hopkins, works to connect and stabilize individuals and families in the west metro through social services, youth programs, and on site collaborative programs. Each year ResourceWest makes over 10,000 resource connections for people seeking food, housing, healthcare, jobs, education, transportation and more. In 2016, ResourceWest provided over 1,200 children with school supplies, winter warm wear, and holiday gifts. The social services program provided 36 financial grants for car repairs, prescriptions, and childcare. And over 800 households in crisis caused by homelessness, sudden loss of income, health issues, or transportation issues were provided with short-term case management assistance.


Tuesday, March 13
11:00 am–7:00 pm

Event Location

Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
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Event Contact

Tarrah Palm


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Jamal Geedgale
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(952) 322-0357