Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots campaign that encourages engagement through a one-day lunchtime event, designed to shine a light on the issue of hunger and the impact on those at risk living in the community. Individuals receive distinctly designed original bowls by local artists from Prince George’s County, Maryland and New Orleans, Louisiana, which are then filled with a symbolic meal of soup, bread and beverage; and are purchased for a donation to the local food bank to support their efforts to reduce hunger and increase access to healthy nutritious food for residents.
On Thursday September 28, 2017, the Ethnic Minority Society (EMS) hosted its first Empty Bowls “Souptail Hour” Pre-Luncheon at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA. This event took place during the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) conference September 26 – 28. Each guest sampled delicious soups and breads provided by local restaurants/caterers and received a handcrafted or hand painted bowl to take home as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in our communities that need to be filled.