Fill More than Bellies with Empty Bowls

Our 9th 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 18th, 11:30am - 6pm

Donation: $25 minimum per bowl


Purchase A local handcrafted bowl

Receive A Serving of Soup to Go

Help Feed the Hungry!

The Presale

Beginning Friday, September 24th, you can get your bowl in advance for a minimum $30 donation. 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 18 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
  • Jubilee Art Studio
  • Sumaro House Design
  • Made of Clay Studio

Soup Makers

  • Redings Mill Bread Co.
  • Granny Shaffer's
  • Suzanne's
  • The Bruncheonette
  • Carino's
  • Cheddar's
  • Festival Mexican Restaurant
  • Kinnaree
  • Olive Garden
  • Red Onion
  • Schlotsky's
  • Blackthorn Pizza
  • Club 609
  • Just a Taste - Webb City
  • Doug Musick - SMB Bank
  • Redneck Catfish & BBQ
  • Hope Kitchen
  • Friends of Alba Church
  • Kathie Fillmore
  • Cracker Barrel

Generous Sponsors