The Tradition that is Empty Bowls

We can’t believe it, but Empty Bowls 2020 has come and gone! We are so grateful to our sponsors, restaurant partners, volunteers and guests for coming together to support the Food Bank for Larimer County in its fight against hunger.

Plan to join us for the 24th Annual Empty Bowls, at the Hilton Fort Collins next year. We hope some of Northern Colorado’s finest restaurants will once again be serving delicious, homemade soups that will continue the tradition of Empty Bowls.  Stay tuned for more information about next year’s event coming soon.

For more than 20 years, Empty Bowls Fort Collins has ladled community hope for those struggling with hunger in Larimer County, don’t miss next year’s event.

Event History

23 years ago, the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Empty Bowls fundraiser began in art class at Lopez Elementary School when the school’s art teacher, Mike McCarthy, inspired his students to create empty bowls to represent those who didn’t have enough to eat. Since then, area artists have worked together to support the event and the fight against hunger in the community. Empty Bowls has grown from offering five signature soups in 1998 to over twenty soups in 2019 and has raised nearly $1 million for the Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs.