Attendees purchase a ceramic bowl and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. Each $20 donation will help feed a family in need.
“It brings people together, strengthens our community and celebrates the talented artists at The Potter's Wheel and the beautiful ceramic bowls they've created and donated,” said Carol Lacks.
There are hundreds of Empty Bowls events held around the world annually. The initiative started in 1990 when a high school art teacher in Michigan, John Hartom, helped his students find a creative way to support a food drive.
Since 1990, Empty Bowls events have raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations fighting hunger, in addition to raising public awareness.
Volunteers hosted the first Kew Gardens Empty Bowls event in 2012. Since then, they have raised over $20,000.
“Our community of potters is delighted to turn its creative energies to benefitting our neighbors in need,” said Grace Anker, owner of The Potter’s Wheel. “We feel fortunate to be able to have this opportunity to contribute to the well being of others through our passion for ceramics.”
Each Kew Gardens Empty Bowls event has focused on a particular theme, including a fundraiser to honor the victims of Hurricane Sandy and a Thanksgiving event to donate turkeys to families in need.
Last year, enough money was raised to fill over 250 shopping bags with enough groceries to last a family of five for one week.
“It's a joy is watching attendees sitting at communal tables laughing together and enjoying two different kinds of delicious soup made by the chef at Austin's Ale House,” Lacks said. “Very importantly, it educates people about hunger and poverty and the positive power of what can be accomplished when small groups of people work together.”