Join Us at the 7th Annual Empty Bowls McKinney – May 3, 2018

Most of us don’t have to worry about going to bed hungry, but according to the North Texas Food Bank, 1 in 4 children in North Texas is food insecure: they go to bed hungry! That is more than 300,000 children. Here is how you can help, and have a fun-filled family evening at the same time.

Join us at this unique fundraising event, Empty Bowls McKinney. We are returning for the 7th year to raise funds to help end hunger in our area. Last year we raised over $60,000!

This unique annual event begins with a showcase of over 1,000 one-of-a-kind bowls handcrafted by professional and student artists. For the $25 price of admission, guests come to share a sampling of gourmet soups, bread, and sweets that have been lovingly prepared by chefs from local restaurants.  Included in the price of admission, guests take home one of these empty handcrafted bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the local community and of the children and adults who go to sleep hungry. And the end result: much-needed funds that support hunger initiatives at Community Lifeline Center. Last year we were able to give the CLC a check for $30,000 to feed and care for our neighbors in need in North Texas.

Plan on attending this fun and festive event to be held Thursday, May 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the McKinney Performing Arts Center located at 111 Tennessee St. in McKinney. Admission is $25.00 per person, and children under 10 are free. Admission includes specialty soups and breads from local restaurants and a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl. Entertainment will be provided by the E Flat Porch Band. To purchase tickets go to:

Other activities include: An online Silent Auction featuring Artisan bowls, a raffle featuring bowls from the Showcase Collection, the sale of Limited Edition Collection bowls, and a Kid’s Corner with activities for the young ones. The event will take place rain or shine.

About Empty Bowls  :Empty Bowls McKinney is modeled on the grassroots Empty Bowls effort that was created in 1990 to make a difference in ending hunger in local communities. Each Empty Bowls event is unique to the town or city it serves, and reflects the commitment of artists and others to feed the hungry in their area. Empty Bowls McKinney began in 2012 in the parish hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, McKinney. The first event featured the work of two local artists, hosted 100 people, and raised $4500. Last year, Empty Bowls McKinney included the work of more than 50 local artists, as well as student and amateur artists, hosted over 900 people, and raised $60,000 – more than eleven times the amount of the first event. Proceeds benefit hunger initiatives at McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center. For more information visit