Did you know 1 in 9 people globally do not have enough food to live a healthy life? On Friday night, my family and I attended an Empty Bowls event in Virginia Beach to benefit local hunger relief charities. Empty Bowls is international project that raises money for local food charities and helps educate the community about hunger and poverty in the area. It originally started back in 1990 with a high school teacher and his students. The students made ceramic bowls and hosted the first Empty Bowls event by serving soup as a way to raise money for a food drive. Attendees were able to take home their bowl as a reminder of so many that go without food every day. The event caught on and the movement spread through the United States and other countries around the world. Each community makes it their own and the proceeds go to charities of their choice.
I originally learned about the Empty Bowls event in Virginia Beach from my pottery teacher and I am so glad that I did. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly back to six local charities in the area. In the last 5 years, $110,000 have been raised! Not only that, but this event seemed like a great teaching opportunity for our daughter. We often see people on the corner asking for money and being 4 years old, she has a lot of questions. This event seemed like a great chance to involve her in giving to the less fortunate. She may not have completely understand the meaning behind it, but it is never too early to start teaching compassion for others.
The event started off by walking from table to table looking at locally made bowls, trying to choose the perfect one. People walked around holding a bowl they like, while continuously swapping it out until they found the perfect bowl. We found some beautiful bowls and my daughter was able to find the perfect pink bowl for her! Representatives from the six charities were onsite to talk about their organizations, along with local potters giving demonstrations. Local musicians were on stage to entertain while we dined on a simple meal of soup and bread. Larger pottery pieces were then auctioned off at the end of the night and any bowls that weren’t claimed can then be purchased for $10.
If you ever have a chance to attend an event like this I highly recommend it. It was a fun event supporting local charities and artisans, and felt great to know that our donations were given directly to those in need!