We know there are a lot of reasons why you might come to Empty Bowls. It may be the soup– dozens of local restaurants donate their signature soups the event. It may be the celebrity servers– local officials and hometown celebrities donate their time to serve soup and raise awareness of our mission. It likely is the cause– you, like the rest of us, believe that no one in our community should ever, ever be hungry.

Or it may be the bowls. Potters from throughout Northwest North Carolina make handcrafted, pottery bowls for Empty Bowls, and groups and volunteers from around our area hand paint ceramic bowls… all amassing to over 2,000 incredible pieces of lovingly made art for event participants to choose from and take home.

But there is always a very, very special bowl. Every year, St. Paul’s Preschool in downtown Winston-Salem donates a very special bowl to Empty Bowls made by their students. This year, the children made three bowls, each of which will be in our Empty Bowls Silent Auction. Bidding in the auction starts Monday online and will continue online AND  at the Empty Bowls events at the Benton Convention Center through 2 PM on Wednesday, when the Empty Bowls luncheon ends.

To bid online, follow Second Harvest Food Bank on social media here to get the link when it goes live.

The children’s bowl offers us an opportunity to speak to young people about hunger, instilling in them an understanding that hunger is wrong and not to be accepted. The bowl also represents to us a hope for the future; we know that hunger is a solvable problem, and that it may be these children who help us end hunger in Northwest North Carolina.


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