13th Annual Empty Bowls Event brings community together to help solve hunger

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Anne Kern, Elaine Nash and Gail Brickey peruse the bowls at the 2019 St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Event. (photo credit: Maryann Ketcham) 

FORT PIERCE, Fla., March 2, 2020 – With more than 500 handcrafted ceramic bowls to choose from, fans of the annual St. Lucie County Empty Bowls event may find it a little difficult to pick just one. Go ahead and choose two to double the efforts at solving hunger.

On Saturday, March 14, all the bowls will be on display at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market, each handcrafted by students in public and private schools throughout St. Lucie County. For a $20 donation, patrons can select the bowl of their choice packaged in a specialty tote along with a serving of soup. This year’s soups will be provided by Cobb’s Landing and Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank.   

Each bowl is beautifully decorated, and the soups are hearty, but the Empty Bowls event is a reminder of the meager meals often eaten by those struggling with hunger in the community. All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank’s efforts to solve hunger.

For several years, the St. Lucie County’s Empty Bowls event has featured a silent auction of autographed bowls, and this year is no exception. Look for autographs from Tony Bennett, Jack Hanna, Michael Bolton, and The Beach Boys as well as some from the New York Mets baseball players. New this year for those looking for a different artistic element, there will be custom designed and handcrafted ceramic bowl sets provided by artists from Indian River Clay Studio in Vero Beach.

 “Each year the students and their instructors create such an interesting variety of bowls that everyone can find something they like,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “It’s great to have so many community partners participate in helping to solve hunger,  including the students, the sponsors, the celebrities from the New York Mets and the Sunrise Theatre who autograph bowls for the silent auction. And we welcome the Indian River Clay Studio.”

Treasure Coast Food Bank extends its gratitude to all its sponsors, Indian River Clay Studio, Cobb’s Landing, Crist Construction Company, Dannahower Family Foundation, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, and the Sunrise Theatre and The New York Mets for the autographed bowls.

The event raises enough each year for Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide more than 60,000 meals. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Farmers’ Market at 101 Melody Lane.  The silent auction ends at 11:30 a.m. Credit cards and cash will be accepted for all bowl purchases. Reserve your bowl in advance or become an Empty Bowls sponsor by visiting https://stophunger.org/event/13th-annual-empty-bowls/.


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 stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

Sophia and Leslie Olson, left, and Rhaina Smeds select bowls during the 2019 St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Event. (photo credit: Maryann Ketcham) 

Caroline and Eloise Voss with the bowls they created for the 2019 St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Event. (photo credit: Maryann Ketcham) 

Lisa and Jeff Callanan select bowls during the 2019 St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Event. (photo credit: Maryann Ketcham)