Empty Bowls Returns to the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

  • Rikki Mioduski
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Fill a bowl. Help a neighbor who is struggling. Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is calling compassionate people who want to make an impact to attend its 11th annual “Empty Bowls: A Fundraiser to Fight Hunger and Feed Hope” from 11am to 1:30pm, Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. Dozens of area potters and food partners are donating their services to the event, which will benefit the ICS Food Banks and programs to assist the more than 46,000 individuals in need who are served by ICS. Tickets are $25 per person. Due to space limitations, 1,000 tickets will be sold in advance only.

Guests at Empty Bowls will enjoy samplings of signature soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and food vendors; enjoy a silent auction and raffle; and select a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pottery bowl to take home as a reminder of efforts to end hunger in our community.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the ICS Food Banks and services to help children and adults who are facing food hardship. The ICS Food Bank, which partners with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, nourished nearly 46,000 individuals throughout Pima County last year, distributing $4 million worth of food. Funds raised at Empty Bowls will go a long way toward helping ICS assist households experiencing hard times to meet the most basic need for nutrition.

Empty Bowls is presented by Tucson Electric Power and Judy Weill in memory of Dick Weill. Food partners to date include:  Barnyard Crafthouse and Eatery, Brookdale North, Cakes for a Cause, Casino Del Sol – Ume Asian Fusion,  Claire’s Café, GAP Ministries, Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro, Overlook Restaurant, Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, Texas Roadhouse, and Village Bakehouse.

Tickets are available online at www.icstucson.org, or by phone at (520) 526-9304. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the event, supported by valid photo identification, will be required of all attendees. Masks will be required at the event.

Those interested in event sponsorships can do so here: https://www.icstucson.org/sponsorship-opportunities-empty-bowls/ or by contacting Celena Robles, ICS Development Coordinator, at (520) 526-9304.