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Empty Bowls 

The Empty Bowls program is an annual event organized by the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) to raise funds for the hungry in the community. The event, presented by Kroger, is held each year in late February at the North Texas Food Bank’s Perot Family Campus in Plano, Texas. It features a variety of bowl-friendly fare prepared by talented chefs and restaurants from across North Texas. Each guest selects and keeps a handcrafted bowl from a local artisan to serve as a reminder that not everyone’s bowl is full, while a small number of the most exceptional bowls are made available through a silent auction.  Proceeds from the event go directly to NTFB.


Texas, unfortunately, ranks as the second hungriest state in the nation, and the 13 counties served by the North Texas Food Bank have the fourth highest number of people facing food insecurity across the country.


Over the past years of Empty Bowl events, generous attendees and sponsors have helped provide more than 7.2 million meals for our neighbors facing hunger.  Last year, it raised an impressive $250,000, providing access to 750,000 meals for neighbors across Texas.


This effort is supported by other woodturning clubs in North Texas, most notably Dallas Area Woodturners. 

Project details:

  • Minimum diameter is 5”.

  • Enhancements allowed, but no sharp edges.

  • Use food safe finish.

When/how to contribute:

  • HCW’s contributions may be made throughout the year, delivered to Alain Schwarz at club meetings, open shops, or elsewhere.  Alain will keep/collect bowls for presentation at the next NTFB Empty Bowls event.

HCW Collection Coordinator(s):  Alain Schwarz

Additional Comments:

  • In a focused effort, several HCW members living in the McKinney/Plano area turned 25 bowls for the February 2024 event.  Other members contributed throughout the year.

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