Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls 2012.

Empty Bowls fundraiser will be April 28, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Each year since 2008 The Giving Circle of HOPE has welcomed hundreds of guests for a wonderful evening to raise awareness of food insecurity and to raise funds for one of our nonprofit partners, Food for Others. The Giving Circle of HOPE coordinates with donors to provide handcrafted pottery bowls, delicious soups, breads, and desserts along with entertainment, education, and advocacy in a festive atmosphere.

""Our immeasurable love for the recipients of Food for Others and our sincere effort to provide you with an artistic and creative Empty Bowl motivates us to pour our hearts and souls into the efforts of this evening.

~ Deb Joder, Reston Community Center, Ceramics Instructor

The Mission

Empty Bowls is the largest fundraising event hosted by The Giving Circle of HOPE to help fight hunger and food insecurity in our community.

The funds raised through Empty Bowls benefit Food for Others, one of our nonprofit partners. We use this event to educate members of our community about the existence of hunger in our area and what they can do to help, while providing an opportunity for everyone in the community to come together for a good cause.

""This event has given the local Girl Scouts community a beloved annual community service event that girls from age 10 to graduating seniors look forward to every year. The girls love what the event stands for, community helping community, and they enjoy working at the event in any and all capacities from busing tables to greeting to selling tickets. This is an annual highlight for many Girl Scouts in the area.
~ Debi Miles, Girl Scout leader

Event Information for 2017

For a small donation, guests receive a supper of soup, bread, beverage, and dessert, as well as a handmade pottery bowl to keep as a reminder that there are those in our community with empty bowls. Wonderful entertainment and a raffle with great prizes add fun to the evening.

April 28, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Floris United Methodist Church
13600 Frying Pan Road
Herndon, VA 20171
Tickets: Purchasing of tickets online has closed. You may buy your tickets at the door using either credit card or check. $30 for adults | $15 for children under 12.
Additional pottery pieces can be purchased for $15 each.


Thank you to this year’s donors and sponsors!


More hands make lighter work and a more fun evening for all. One of these volunteer opportunities may be just right for you! Help is needed with soup pickup from restaurants, kitchen team, greeters, soup servers, display tables for selection of bowls, clean up, and more.

Food Basket Centerpieces

The baskets are used as decorations on the tables and stage during Empty Bowls. Afterwards, the food is donated to Food for Others.


Email us at emptybowls@givingcircleofhope.org.