About Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls.

History of Empty Bowl in Round Rock:

Started as a grass-roots effort in the fall of 2010, the Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival has become a community event in the truest sense drawing organizers from the school district, visual art faculty, the Serving Center, parents and business people alike; it is a model service-learning partnership for students. The Empty Bowls model involves artists creating and donating ceramic bowls, then serving a meal at a community event. Guests choose a one-of-a-kind bowl to use and keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. 100% of proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations- in our case, the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Historically held at First United Methodist Church in Round Rock, our event has grown and moved to the Cedar Ridge High School campus in Round Rock in 2013. Big thanks to Cedar Ridge High School for allowing our community to gather on their campus!

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Pictured above, left to right: Assorted bowls from the 2012 Festival & volunteers at the soup serving line

Please join us for the 2019 Festival!

 Click here to volunteer:


Cedar Ridge High School

9th Annual Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2019




Other links worth checking out:

Round Rock Empty Bowls Facebook page

Good facts and current statistics on hunger

Round Rock Area Serving Center

Freerice is a free online game and learning tool that allows players to raie rice to fight world hunger while learning through edicational, multiple-choice games. For every question the user answers correctly, 1- grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme.

educator Rachael Brunson’s website has a wealth of information and links on service-learning and the issue of hunger