Empty Bowls, an international grassroots effort to address hunger, is coming to Northeast Minneapolis for the first time—December 14th at Eastside Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE 2nd Street. Its concept is simple: Empty Bowls asks potters to provide ceramic vessels, local restaurants provide soup. Guests of the community event pay whatever they can, keep the bowl itself, and one hundred percent of proceeds raised go towards hunger causes. While local food shelves, or similar services might typically be the recipients, Empty Bowls NE is considering urban gardening endeavors and other efforts that promote a sustainable, healthy food culture at a neighborhood level.
Similar projects have been held for years in nearby communities: St Catherine's University, Columbia Heights, Hopkins, Rogers, Northfield, Plymouth, Maple Grove, New Prague, and Powderhorn Park—which last year raised over $30,000 with its recent, 7th annual event.