Powderhorn Empty Bowls was started in 2007 by five neighbors and potters who met at the Powderhorn Park Pottery Program. Their mission, to promote art, provide sustenance and promote the common good has been carried out every year since, with the help of donations and hundreds of volunteers. Every year hundreds of neighbors and community members gather together to help end hunger. These people choose a hand-made bowl that has been donated, which is filled with soup made by volunteers and local businesses and accompanied by bread made on site by volunteers.

For this, each adult is asked to make a $20 donation, or a $5 donation for kids. Any and all donations, of any amount, are gladly accepted.

When finished, wash your bowl and bring it home. Enjoy it and have it as a reminder of all the empty bowls in your community, across Minnesota and around the world. Also leave with that bowl feeling good, knowing that on this day, you did something to feed people in your community.

PEB at Powderhorn Art Fair: Volunteers Wanted

Each year, Powderhorn Empty Bowls organizes volunteers to help with our PPNA-sponsored booth at the Powderhorn Art Fair (PAF). This year the Art Fair is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on August 6 & 7 and Powderhorn Empty Bowls is celebrating its 10th Anniversary at the Park!

At the Art Fair, potters volunteer to throw pots with clay that we provide; volunteers assist at potters booths and at our booth, which is right near the Powderhorn Park building, to talk to fair-goers about Powderhorn Empty Bowls and spread the word about our Event and its important work in the neighborhood.


Division of Indian Work Food Shelf

The Division of Indian Works, our neighbor at Lake and 10th Avenue, runs a food shelf for low-income urban American Indian families. Need for food has dramatically increased since the economic downturn and funding from traditional organizations has decreased. They need our help more than ever. Of the more than 12,000 people served by the food shelf, half are children. For every $10 the Division of Indian Work receives from Powderhorn Empty Bowls, they will be able to provide 7 meals.

Sister’s Camelot

Mobile food share program Sister’s Camelot was founded in 1997 to distribute millions of dollars worth of free fresh organic produce and whole foods. They distribute the kinds of foods you could buy at Seward Co-op or the Wedge and make weekly rounds to distributors such as Co-op Partners, Albert’s Organics and others. On any given day, they may have fresh ripe organic produce, prepackaged whole foods, bulk goods and other items that may be overstock or be near their expiration dates. 

Youth Farm and Market

Youth farm Offers summer programs for over 400 kids in Powderhorn, Lyndale, and the West Side of St Paul. The kids learn gardening and take their produce to market, as well as numerous other activities geared toward building healthy self-esteem and stronger community. Every Friday in Powderhorn Park the kids’ lunch meal is open to the community. 

Also: Walker Community Church meals · Powderhorn Park programs to feed neighborhood youth · MN Foodshare program for gardening