Empty Bowls, Caring Hearts

Empty Bowls/Caring Hearts began in 2000 and is still going strong. This event is both a fundraiser and a community awareness builder. All proceeds are shared between Thunder Bay Food Bank and Shelter House. Over $300,000 has been raised over the years. 

The Empty Bowls/Caring Hearts Dinner Event takes place on the third Sunday in October at the Moose Hall on 434 Fort William Road in Thunder Bay.  Doors open at 5:00 and Dinner is served at 6:00 P.M. The tickets cost $30 plus a canned good and are available at Fireweed, George’s Market, and the Baggage Building Arts Centre in the Marina. The LUF office also has some (call 344-5980). The $30 ticket provides you not only with a simple meal of soup (also vegetarian and vegan), bread, dessert and coffee, tea and water, but also the choice of a locally crafted ceramic bowl, made by members of the Thunder Bay Potters Guild or two place-mats quilted by the Empty Bowls Quilters. Meal only is $15 and children 12 and under pay $5. The latter two kinds of tickets can only be bought at the door.

Although the money raised is sorely needed, the focus of this event is on:

  • bringing young and old together for a simple communal meal, prepared and served by Thunder Bay’s finest chefs , restaurants and businesses
  • choosing a handcrafted ceramic bowl, or a set of quilted place-mats to take home
  • increasing our awareness about people who struggle to feed themselves and their families.

 Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship has been a stalwart sponsor of this event. Together with The Thunder Bay Potters Guild and the Empty Bowl Quilters, we are a strong entity. Almost every member and friend of LUF has been involved with Empty Bowls at one time or another, be that as a guest at the meal or doing the dishes, helping collect money at Tagdays, and preparing the hall. Every bit counts. Please lend your support.  It is our sincerest wish that hunger and food insecurity should no longer plague our community and be eradicated from society. Visit our website and check us out on Facebook. 

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