During the Empty Bowls fundraiser guests dine on a simple but delicious meal of soup, provided by Chick-Fil-A Oaks Mall, bread and fruit.  Participants receive a handcrafted bowl created by local art students to take home as a reminder of the empty bowls on tables of the families throughout our community. Empty Bowls will include inspiring speakers, both a live & silent auction with spa packages, Gator items, electronics, sporting goods, home goods, gourmet items, trips and much more. The Empty Bowls fundraiser has a goal of promoting hunger awareness while raising funds to better support our mission to feed those who are hungry.  

Empty Bowls 2019 was held May 2nd 5:30-7:30pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. Last year Empty Bowls was a huge success! Over $98,000 was raised!  This year an even bigger success raising over $93,000. This support helps Bread of the Mighty Food Bank continue providing help to those in need.  Over 450+ guests enjoyed a wonderful evening and received an enhanced awareness of the food insecurity in our community. Thanks to our generous sponsors and guests. in 2019, Bread of the Mighty distributed over 8 million pounds of food to those in need. For every $1 donated, Bread of the Mighty can provide up to ten meals. $.96 of every dollar goes back to the community to feed those in need. Please consider supporting the 2020 event so that we may continue our mission of feeding those who are hungry. For more information contact Development Director Karen Woolfstead at



Warren & Barbara Graves


Years ago a high school teacher came up with a creative way for his students to raise funds to support a food drive.  What evolved was a class project to make clay bowls for a fundraising meal.  Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.  By the following year the originator had developed this concept into "Empty Bowls".  Empty Bowls has been adopted by many food banks.  Most include the simple meal of bread and soup with guests taking home a hand-crafted bowl as a keepsake       

Sheriff Sadie & Norma Darnell 

Empty Bowls will be postponed to a date when we can all be together.  We are ready and as soon as it is allowed we will have the best event ever!  Great things are worth waiting for.  Thanks to this amazing community Empty Bowls 2020 has already raised over $80,000.  See you soon.

Fred & Karen Henderson