"Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and crafts people in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food related charities to care for and feed the hungry in their communities. Empty Bowls supports food-related charitable organizations around the world, and has raised millions of dollars to help end hunger..." -https://emptybowls.com/
Empty Bowls began at St. Joseph School around the turn of the millenium when an alumni school parent saw the opportunity for a school service project to assist the local St. Vincent's Food Bank. What began over twenty years ago remains a valued tradition of serving others. Students paint their own bowl as an act of art. Their bowls are then sold at an annual Lenten soup supper with all proceeds benefitting St. Vincent's Food Bank which currently feeds over 100 families weekly. Our school and church communities gather to celebrate the children's art and humbly pray for the vulnerable among us, before eating a simple soup supper reflecting on those who are less fortunate in our world.
St. Joseph Catholic School's Empty Bowls service project is also part of a broader lesson plan filled with faith and compassion, calling on various saints such as St. Mother Teresa and St. Francis of Assisi who achieved their sainthood through a lifetime of service to others. While some may stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before them, at St. Joe's, we stand on the shoulders of saints who came before us, and who continue to serve us through prayer and written testimonials to Christ Jesus.