photo: David Woolley - Powderhorn365

Greetings Powderhorn Empty Bowls’ supporters:

This year’s Powderhorn Empty Bowls Event will be different from what you have come to expect at Powderhorn Empty Bowls. The change to the Event this year is that there will be no community meal or entertainment. This was an agonizing decision but we feel that it is one that will allow us to rebuild and be stronger next year and for the years to come. Please read on. We need your support.

We recently accepted the resignation of two long-term Board Members due to their personal commitments and we also recently learned that one vital donation committee volunteer was unable to rejoin us this year. We are a working, all-volunteer Board and these losses are insurmountable for us this late in the Event planning season. These departures leave us with exactly three Board members to finish executing the annual Event, which is typically attended by 2,000 folks in just about 3 weeks. The remaining Board has decided to host the Event this year in a way that is realistic for our current situation.

Please plan to join us at the normal time and place (Friday, November 2, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. at the Powderhorn Park Community Center, 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407) for the selection of a handmade bowl donated by a local potter.

After making a donation for your bowl, please stick around to talk with representatives from our neighborhood to discuss the importance of the work that is performed in the neighborhood because of our long-standing partnerships and grants.

We have many volunteer roles that need to be filled in our organization in order to continue to host this annual Event. We need year-round volunteers, seasonal volunteers and day-of Event volunteers. PEB Board members will be available to talk with you about your interest in volunteer roles, responsibilities and expected time commitments.

Please remember that Powderhorn Empty Bowls is, and has always been, a 100% volunteer run organization and we need you and your commitment to continue hosting this Event!

We hope hosting this year's scaled back Event will allow us to raise donations, which will permit us to continue to make grants to the neighborhood organizations that have come to rely on our support while also allowing us to spotlight our dire need for new community volunteers.

Please join us for our 12th Annual Powderhorn Empty Bowls and help us make the 13th Annual Powderhorn Empty Bowls a reality.

Thank you,
Powderhorn Empty Bowls
Board of Directors

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, we ask for a $20 donation.

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.

2017 Event Distributions Update

The Board of Directors has made the following distributions to organizations in the neighborhood that do work that insects with our Mission: Make Art, Provide Sustenance and Promote the Common Good!

  • Division of Indian Work Food Shelf - $4,000
  • Full Cycle Youth Food Delivery Program - $3,500
  • Jericho Road Powderhorn Food Shelf - $2,300
  • Powderhorn Empty Bowls Pottery Fellow, Corey Clemetson (one year of classes at Powderhorn Park Pottery studio, materials and stipend)
  • Powderhorn Park Community Center -$4,500 (Schools Out Meal Program)
  • Sisters' Camelot - $3,000
  • Soup for You! - $1,250
  • Waite House Food Shelf - $1,000 (new grantee)
  • Walker Community Church Tuesday night community meal fund - $3,000
  • Youth Farm Powderhorn - $3,000

Your generous donations at our Annual Event are what make our neighborhood grants possible! Thank you! Powderhorn Empty Bowls