McKinney artists, chefs and celebrities come together to support cause 

McKinney, TX -- Empty Bowls McKinney, one of the most meaningful and emotion-generating events in McKinney, will take place on April 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown McKinney. This year’s event strives to raise awareness and money to help feed the hungry in McKinney and northern Collin County.  

Most of us don’t have to worry about going to bed hungry, but according to the North Texas Food Bank, one in four children in North Texas is food insecure and goes to bed hungry. In McKinney alone, nearly 8,000 school-aged children are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. The COVID pandemic has touched not only individuals and families that have needed help in the past, but greater than 40% of applicants are new to needing assistance.  In a county that has been defined as one of the wealthiest in Texas, those statistics are staggering.   

According to event director Jamie St. Clair, the Empty Bowls McKinney event aims to change those statistics and works to stamp out hunger, one bowl at a time.  

“It’s difficult for many Collin County residents to come to terms with the fact that, despite area wealth, many children who live right here in McKinney will wake up tomorrow not knowing if they are going to have anything to eat,” St. Clair said. “Too many Collin County families go without adequate food – it’s up to us to work together to change that.” 

The annual event includes a showcase of over 600 one-of-a-kind bowls handcrafted by local professional and student artists.   

For the $35 price of admission, guests come to share a sampling of gourmet soups, breads, and sweets that have been prepared and donated by chefs from local restaurants. Everyone who attends the event also receives an empty bowl, which represents those in our community who, due to lack of resources to purchase affordable, healthy food, often find their bowls empty.   

The majority of funds raised at the event go to two organizations that help feed those in need in McKinney, Community Garden Kitchen and Community Lifeline Center(CLC). In 2020, CLC provided more than 740,000 pounds of food to families in need versus 50,000 pounds of food in 2019.  

Executive Director of Community Lifeline Center, Scott Elliott, said, “We are blessed to once again partner with Empty Bowls McKinney to help reduce hunger in McKinney. Over the years, Empty Bowls has made a difference in literally thousands of lives in McKinney and North Collin County.  The money raised through Empty Bowls provides hundreds of thousands of pounds to help our friends and neighbors in need. Thank you to Jamie St. Clair for her vision and leadership, and St. Peter’s Episcopal for their faithfulness in making Empty Bowls the community event that it is. We are also delighted to join the Empty Bowls staff in welcoming Community Garden Kitchen as an additional recipient of funding from Empty Bowls this year!” 

Executive Director of Community Garden Kitchen, Angela Poen, said, “Community Garden Kitchen is excited to announce their doors will be open soon to fill empty bowls with great meals for anyone in need, no questions asked, no paperwork required.  Proceeds from Empty Bowls McKinney will help us be a part of ending food insecurity in our community.” 


Event Details:  

Empty Bowls McKinney will be held Thursday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 Tennessee St. in McKinney. Admission is $35.00 per person. An additional “No Touch” drive thru event will be held on Saturday, March 1 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church , 511 Foote St in McKinney. 

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Limited tickets will be available to this year’s Empty Bowls McKinney and additional safety measures have been put into place to adhere to all safety guidelines recommended due to COVID. The event will take place rain or shine.  


Contact: Event Director: Jamie St.Clair