March 22, 2020 Empty Bowls Event Canceled

In light of the potential threat of COVID-19 infection spread, we regret to inform you that the Empty Bowls Event, scheduled for March 22, has been cancelled in cooperation with Governor Phil Murphy’s recommendation that groups larger than 250 not meet. While disappointing, we understand that this decision is in the best interest of our entire community and it is the right thing for us to do.  

Donations to this event are particularly important to helping those we serve in the community at this time.  That said, the Franklin Food Bank is currently in need of an influx of approximately $30,000 to purchase emergency food.  Please consider making a donation, if you are able, by clicking the Empty Bowls Link on, then click Buy Tickets and enter your donation.  

We are in the process of planning an event for ticket holders once it is okay for us to gather.  Then we can meet and you will be able to select your hand-crafted bowls. Details will be communicated once the health threat is managed.  We would like to thank each of you as well as the DoubleTree, our sponsors, and all the restaurants for supporting us. We look forward to a successful event in 2021.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. For a the cost of admission, guests can choose a pottery bowl handmade by a local artist to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.   A simple meal prepared and donated by local entrepreneurs will be served.  All proceeds from this Empty Bowls event go directly to the Franklin  Food Bank, the nonprofit agency serving the hungry in Franklin Township and nearby communities.

“Food insecurity is a pressing social need where individuals and households have limited or uncertain access to adequate food,” explained local potter and Founding Executive Team Member, Susan Seamon of Somerset. “One hundred percent of our proceeds go to the Franklin Food Bank to help our neighbors.”

This event reflects the combined efforts of various members of our community. Bowls are being made and contributed by local artists.  Soup and other delicious food items will be donated by fine local restaurants. The event is sponsored by local groups and organizations.

The Empty Bowls – Franklin Township NJ is an independently organized project of local artists and residents, who are looking to make a difference, through art and food, in the lives of others.