Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Hunger

22nd-annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

See you at the 2020 Empty Bowls fundraiser!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020!

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Hopkins Center for the Arts

1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins


Questions? Contact Patti Sinykin, Events & Community Engagement Coordinator at ICA Foodshelf, 952-279-0290 or email for more information.



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What is Empty Bowls? 

Fueled by a passion for creativity and a desire to help our neighbors in need, Hopkins Public Schools art teachers and leaders at Hopkins Community Education founded our local Empty Bowls fundraiser. Since 1999, art students and community potters have created hundreds of unique soup bowls for this soup meal event that supports the work of ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf.

Are there “empty bowls” in our community?

Our local community support agencies provide much more than food for our neighbors in need.

  • ICA Food Shelf serves the seven communities in and around Hopkins and Minnetonka. The food shelf provides food, financial and homelessness prevention services, and employment assistance to over 850 households that use ICA’s programs each month. In 2016, more than 1.47 million pounds of food were distributed through the choice-based model food shelf. It also provides Hopkins and Minnetonka schools with weekend food and snack programs for students in need. The mobile food shelf program helps over 300 neighbors with physical limitations receive fresh food each week.
  • ResourceWest, located in downtown Hopkins, works to connect and stabilize individuals and families in the west metro through social services, youth programs, and on site collaborative programs. Each year ResourceWest makes over 10,000 resource connections for people seeking food, housing, healthcare, jobs, education, transportation and more. In 2016, ResourceWest provided over 1,200 children with school supplies, winter warm wear, and holiday gifts. The social services program provided 36 financial grants for car repairs, prescriptions, and childcare. And over 800 households in crisis caused by homelessness, sudden loss of income, health issues, or transportation issues were provided with short-term case management assistance.


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Are there "empty bowls" in our community?

    • ICA Food Shelf provided more than 1.47 million pounds of food in 2016.
    • In 2016, the Social Services Program provided personalized social service support to over 900 adults and families in crisis due to homelessness, sudden loss of income, health issues, or transportation issues.
    • In 2016 ResourceWest connected over 10,000 area residents to resources for people seeking food, housing, health care, jobs, education, transportation, and more.


What is Empty Bowls?

Hopkins Schools Community saw the growing need for a fundraiser for hunger in our own community. Here's what happened when the community came together.

Empty Bowls 2017 Pictures!!!

Please click here to see the Hopkins Empty Bowls 2017 pictures!

More 2017 Empty Bowls photos

Find more photos from the 19th-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser here!

Empty Bowls celebrates $1 million raised over 18-year history

The community-wide fundraiser brings in critical dollars each year to support ResourceWest and the ICA Food Shelf.
March 18, 2016