Fill More than Bellies with Empty Bowls

Our 10th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser benefits local charities feeding the poor. For a minimum $25 donation, you’ll receive a serving of soup to go in a keepsake, artisan bowl and will help raise enough money to fight hunger year round.

In addition to our most important goal of feeding the hungry, the event brings attention to the beautiful pottery of many “starving artists” in our region.

When and Where to Buy a Bowl

The Day of the Event

Place: Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St, Joplin, MO)

Time: Thursday, November 17th, 11am - 6:30pm

Donation: $25 minimum per bowl


Purchase A local handcrafted bowl

Receive A Serving of Soup to Go

Help Feed the Hungry!

The Presale

Monday, September 26th - Saturday, October 8th, you can get your bowl in advance for a minimum $30 donation (we will not be selling on Sunday, October 2nd). The higher presale price gives you first pick of all the beautiful pottery designs, and anyone who buys early can still stop by Empire Market on November 17 for a serving of soup.


Place: Joplin Greenhouse and The Coffee Shop (2820 E 32nd St, Joplin, MO)

Times: Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 5 PM | Sat, 10 AM - 2 PM

Donation: $30 minimum per bowl

Support Charities Who Are Solving the Problem of Hunger.

All Empty Bowls proceeds go to Mission Joplin, We Care of the Four States, Hope Kitchen, and Watered Gardens—each of which is already or in the process of becoming True Charity Certified. That means they measure the outcomes of their efforts, work with recipients to become self-sufficient, and are 100% voluntarily funded.

Thanks to Our

Talented Artists

  • Claybeard Studio
  • Josh Novak and his Crowder College pottery students
  • The Clay Cup
  • Skinner’s Pottery
  • Walnut Springs Pottery
  • NorthStar Pottery
  • Sumaro House Design
  • Sandy Smith
  • Daria Claiborne
  • Sue Colgin
  • Dragonflies and Mud Pottery by Angel Brame

Soup Makers

  • Suzanne's Natural Foods
  • Granny Shaffer's
  • Community Clinic of Joplin
  • Panera Bread
  • Club 609
  • Doug Musick - SMB
  • Sherri Otto
  • Grace Community Church of Riverton
  • Tropicana Bar & Grill
  • Double D Cafe
  • Briar & Thistle
  • Great Western Dining
  • Mojo's in Neosho
  • Club 1201
  • Olive Garden
  • Kinnaree Thai Cuisine
  • The Bruncheonette
  • Red Onion - Galena, KS
  • Orient Express

Generous Sponsors