Tempe Empty Bowls Raises Funds to Provide Food for Hungry: Annual Event Involves Local Students and Artisans

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Thousands of Tempe-area elementary and high school area students, as well as local artists, are creating clay bowls and other pottery to help raise money for the hungry in our community as part of the Tempe Empty Bowls program. Proceeds benefit the feeding programs at Tempe Community Action Agency and United Food Bank.  

At the event (www.facebook.com/tempeemptybowls), a $10 purchases a bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread, symbolic of the caloric intake that must sustain many in our community for an entire day.

The 2018 Tempe Empty Bowls will be held two days from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Friday, February 23 at 6th Street Park (just south of City Hall in Downtown Tempe), and

Saturday, February 24 in the Community Center Courtyard, 3500 S. Rural Rd., between Tempe Public Library and Vihel Center buildings on the southwest corner of Rural and Southern. 

Hand-crafted bowls, planter pots, mugs, necklaces, platters and vases, made by potters at the City of Tempe Ceramics Program, local artists, and children ranging from elementary to high school students, will be available for purchase. Walt Richardson will perform on Friday; Randy Olson and Friends will perform Saturday. On Saturday, As You Wish Pottery will have a booth where event-goers can pay $10 to “paint it forward” — paint and donate a bowl for next year’s event. (While supplies last.)

Proceeds benefit Tempe Community Action Agency www.tempeaction.org, and United Food Bank’s Kid’s Café program www.unitedfoodbank.org. Last year more than $20,000 was raised. Since the event started, almost $200,000 has been raised to feed the hungry in our community.


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