What is the Empty Bowls Project?

Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots movement to help end hunger.

In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising 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.

By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine /RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to promote the project. Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

The Imagine/RENDER Group strives to create positive and lasting social change through the arts, education and projects that build community.

Empty Bowl events vary by community, but each event features a simple meal. Local restaurants donate soup and bread, and local artists donate handmade bowls. People make a donation for the local food bank, select a bowl, and enjoy soup with family, friends, and neighbors, and then take the bowl home to help remember the empty bowls of those who go hungry each day.

Our community is coming together on November 2, 2018 to help our hungry neighbors who are served by the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

The Greer Family Band will entertain at the event and perform bluegrass music. It will make it a very festive event!

The Greer Family Band

Please join us.

BT Longhorn Steakhouse will be providing gumbo, rice, and bread: http://www.btlonghornsteakhouse.com

Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Steak House will provide tortilla soup and chips:   http://www.loscabosbrenham.com/index.html

Volare Italian Restaurant

Funky Art Cafe

Must Be Heaven



Brenham Grill

Sealand Seafood and Steaks

Blue Bell Creameries

Luncheon and Silent Auction Event Details

The first annual Brenham Empty Bowls event will take place November 2, 2018 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Lydia’s House, 311 South Baylor Street, in Brenham.

Silent Auction will include rare sports memorabilia, including an official UT Football signed by the Longhorns coach Tom Herman and an official A&M Football signed by the Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher.

Brought to you by:
  • Temple of Compassion
  • Burton Bridge Ministry
  • Lydia’s House

Silent Auction

Several amazing items will be up for auction, including:

An official Dallas Cowboys football with signatures of the entire team, donated by the Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation.

Dallas Cowboys Autographed Football

A UT football signed by Longhorns coach Tom Herman
A UT football signed by Longhorns coach Tom Herman

Meticulously crafted fine china soup bowls donated by Susan Shifflett of the “Latium Ladies”.

A Large Plateau Basket, hand woven by generational artists in Peru
A Large Hand Woven Basket

Two sets of four placemats-
Textiles of Shipobo and Yeni Artisans…Helping Women of Peru Build Better Lives
Two sets of four placematst

Vase:  hand crafted and painted using natural pigments, from Peru
Pottery Vase

Gift basket from Blue Bell Creameries
Gift basket from Blue Bell Creameries

What A Burger “gift basket”
What A Burger gift basket

Football signed by Texas A&M Aggies football head couch
Football signed by Texas A&M Aggies football head couch

You must be present to bid in the silent auction, but you do not need to stay until the bidding ends. Bidding will close promptly at 5:45 PM and winners will be announced shortly after that.

Silent Auction items continue to come in. We received some beautiful china, gift certificates from local restaurants, a Dallas Cowboys football with the entire team’s signatures, a B&B stay in Galveston near the beach, and a UT football signed by Longhorns coach Tom Herman.

Additional details and photos of silent auction items will be posted in the coming days.