Empty Bowls Project

Empty Bowls Projects- 2nd Saturday in November

2023 Community Bowl “Diversity of Community”

The Empty Bowls Project was started to bring community awareness of local hunger needs. Empty Bowls allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls and then serve a simple meal to attendees. Silvia Dodson, UFB Board Member, has chaired this project from its inception.  Partnering with our Hillsborough County Public Schools and local home school groups each year, the students create bowls that are display during the event and ticket holders can choose one bowl of their liking to take home with them.  

Live music plays throughout the event along with a live auction of local artist bowls to be won by the highest bidder.  Each Empty Bowls ticket includes your choice of a variety of delicious soups provided by various local churches and civic organizations. One ticket is good for either one (1) 16 oz soup of choice, or two (2) 8oz soups of choice or a flight with four (4) 4 oz soups of choice, bread, apple, water and your choice of student made clay bowls to take home as a reminder that some bowls in our community are empty. All  proceeds benefited the United Food Bank of Plant City.

Dates:  2nd Saturday in November, Yearly

  • November 11th, 2023
  • November 9th, 2024

Location: Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum and McCall Park, downtown Plant City.
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: $10/per ticket
Note: Tickets are available at the United Food Bank Office or through an UFB Board Member



2023 Local Artist Bowls 


2023 Florida Strawberry Queen & Court with their bowl “Blooming Berries”

A Big Thank You To Our 2023 Artist

2023 Florida Strawberry Queen & Court “Blooming Berries” 

Little Miss Plant City 2023 “Secret Garden”

Community Bowl – “Diversity of Community”

Mar Harrer – “Mandele”

Gerri Baldridge – “Fancy Tailed Beauty”

Colleen Justin – “Mandevilla”

Leslie Platt – “Lily Pad Hopper”

Charles Harris – “Megalodon Bite”

Brynna McFarland – “In the Deep”

Karen Wycka – “Nebula”




Street Painting Workshop: October 28, 2023

Come learn from Leigh Alfredson, art teacher and professional street painter, at a workshop on Saturday, October 28, 2023!    The workshop will include a PowerPoint presentation that covers the history of the art form, techniques on how to enlarge your drawing for the sidewalk, and examples of pastel chalk masterpieces produced on the pavement.  This indoor presentation will then be followed by a hands-on portion outside on the pavement as Janet helps the artists express the Empty Bowls theme of FILLING HEARTS AND BOWLS in a strong visual way.  Then put your skills to work to raise awareness for hunger by creating your own design on the sidewalk at the Empty Bowls event on Saturday, November 11, 2023! Click here for street painting application. 

When: October 28, 2023
Application Deadline: October 17, 2023
Email Application: bhartmann3@verizon.net
Time: 9am-Noon
Location: First United Methodist Church (202 W. Reynolds Street, Plant City) for the presentation and then will move to the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum (PC Historic Train Depot) 104 S. Palmer Street to practice their designs
Cost: $1 or a can of soup to donate to the United Food Bank
Click Here For Street Painting Application!

Attendance at the workshop is requested to participate in the Empty Bowls Street Painting Show scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2023.  If a student has already participated in a past workshop, then it is not required to attend this one. 

A Huge Thank You To Our Presenting Sponsor