Empty Bowls and Hot Soup: A Recipe for Success

December 14, 2018

Hundreds of Central Texas soup-lovers lined up recently to take part in the Austin Empty Bowl Project, an annual event that benefits our Meals for Kids program.

The Austin Empty Bowl Project (AEBP), which began in 1997, features the work of local potters who donate bowls of every shape, size, and color to the cause.  Then, every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, folks line up at the Central Texas Food Bank, pay $25 to purchase one of the bowls and fill it with soups made by dozens of local restaurants, including our very own Meals on Wheels Central Texas Chef Ruben Burnett, and bread from several nearby bakeries.  Attendees also enjoy live music performed by talented Central Texas artists.

Best of all, the immensely popular event raises money for the Food Bank’s Kid’s Cafe program and our Meals for Kids (MFK) program, which provides nutritious snacks and lessons on healthy eating habits to children who live in public housing communities and attend after school programs run by our dedicated partners at Communities in Schools.

With this year's $116,000 donation, AEBP has raised nearly $336,000 for MFK over the past few years!  We thank the organizers of this wonderful holiday tradition for their continued support of Meals for Kids!