Eating & Drinking

Empty Bowls Project & Grand Illumination Presented by Justice

I love a good charitable event. Especially when said event also has a food component. The Empty Bowls Project is an international fight against hunger. These pop up events are possible through a partnership with Mid-Ohio Food Bank, City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department. This partnership is in it’s 18th year! Over that time, Columbus has donated over $213,000 for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. That is seriously incredible. 

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Starting on November 1st and running through December 2nd, you can visit one of the meal sites to enjoy this annual fundraiser. When you pop in, just bring $10 in cash in exchange for your “empty bowl.” Throughout the year, volunteers make one-of-a-kind clay bowls to donate to Empty Bowls. They make me wish I had some artistic skills. But, I think I finally made the right decision with this gorgeous blue one. My only wish is that they had signatures on them so I could thank my artist! 


I feel thankful to live in a community where local businesses (Great Harvest, Matt’s Bakery, Orlando Bakery, Stan Evans Bakery, Trader Joe’s, White Castle, Dr. Pepper, ARC Document Solutions & Fireball Press) support such marvelous causes like this one. Without their food donations and the work of amazing volunteers, these events aren’t possible. 




Another slew of volunteers graciously make various homemade soups and stews to enjoy. Seriously, there are always SO many options! And they are all so scrumptious looking. img_6529

But, this lovely cook made MINI grilled cheeses to go on top of their tomato soup! So, I obviously chose this one to fill up my cup. 


While I can say some wonderful things about these soups, this event is about so much more. Every $10 donation provides $100 worth of food and groceries for hungry families in Central Ohio. If you aren’t able to visit any of these pop up lunch sites in the next few weeks, don’t worry! During the Grand Illumination presented by Justicefor the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, you and your family can attend an Empty Bowls Project.

img_6526On December 2nd from 5pm-7pm, make your way to Bicentennial Park. For $10, you’ll handpick a piece of pottery. Then, you’ll receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup courtesy of Milestone 229 or a bowl of delicious tomato florentine soup courtesy of Giant Eagle. A handful of special bowls will be sold through silent auction throughout the evening. There will even be some bowls designed by Good Day Columbus personalities! All proceeds from the Empty Bowls project will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 







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