For 20 years, Tempe Empty Bowls has involved Tempe-area elementary and middle school classrooms, Tempe Union high schools, and many local artists who all created clay bowls and other pottery to help raise money for the organizations that help hungry people in Tempe. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will happen with some alterations.
We’ll be hosting our 20th annual event on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. It will be a one-day event, at the Tempe Library Complex from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All COVID safety measures will be enforced — we will limit the number of attendees at any given time, have hand sanitizer stations, practice social distancing, and most importantly — NO ADMITTANCE WITHOUT WEARING A MASK AT ALL TIMES.
Proceeds from the event benefit Tempe Community Action Agency, www.tempeaction.org, and United Food Bank www.unitedfoodbank.org. Last year nearly $19,000 was raised. Since the event started, more than $260,000 has been raised to feed the hungry in our community.
To honor our 20th event, and to make sure we still raise a substantial amount of money for United Food Bank and Tempe Community Action Agency, all regular bowls will be $20 each (some will be a collection of bowls). We also are planning some online options for specialty item shopping, drive-through “surprise” bowl purchases, or online donations if you can’t make the event. Watch our Facebook page or Instagram for more details.