St. Lucie County Empty Bowls event goes online to help Treasure Coast Food Bank fight hunger

2021 Empty Bowls Noah Alexander

An empty bowl – an empty belly. The annual St. Lucie County Empty Bowls event has more significance than ever this year as Treasure Coast Food Bank works to feed people facing hunger amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year as in the past, the event will feature the creative art of students in St. Lucie County public and private schools, who have handcrafted bowls.  But it will take place online. Buy or bid on the bowl of your choice between Feb 19 and 28, 2021.

2021 Empty Bowls_Mark Williams, Receptionist of TCFB

“This is the 17th year that we’ve partnered with student artists and their teachers from throughout St. Lucie County for the annual Empty Bowls event,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We love the creativity that the students put into their bowls. But we all know it’s not just a bowl. It’s meals for children, seniors, and families in need.”

2021 Empty Bowls_Deb Neufeld, TCFB Volunteer

The empty bowl serves as a reminder of the meager meals often eaten by people struggling with hunger. Each year, the event raises enough to provide about 60,000 meals for people on the Treasure Coast.

 For a $30 donation, participants can select their favorite bowl, and it will be shipped to them free of charge. In addition, a selection of stand-out bowls will be auctioned. The auction will include bowls autographed by baseball players from the New York Mets and other celebrities, including Charlie Daniels, Tony Bennett, and Kris Kristofferson.

2021 Empty Bowls Rebecca Rodriguez, TCFB Manager of Social Engagement

The event starts promptly at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, and concludes at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.  Buy or bid at


Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at

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