May 10, 2024

11:30am-1:15pm Bald Spot (or Sevy, Great Hall in the event of rain)


Soup Sign-up

Interested in bringing soup? Contact Fay Dacey at for more details. 

Empty Bowls is an annual event that raises money for the local food shelf through a shared meal of community donated soup served in handmade bowls. Everyone is welcome!

How can I participate?

  1. Come to the Bald Spot (or Great Hall in case of heavy rain) between 11:30am and 1:15pm.
  2. Choose a handmade bowl–made collaboratively by Carleton students in ARTS 230 Throwing classes and ceramics student workers. There are over 500 beautiful bowls to choose from!
  3. Make a donation ($25 is recommended but participants are welcome to choose an amount that is right for them) to the Northfield Community Action Food Shelf. Venmo, credit cards, and cash are all accepted.  
  4. Enjoy a community meal of delicious bread and soup donated by generous students, faculty, staff, local bakeries, and friends while getting to know members of your communities.  
  5. Keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls and stomachs in the world.  

Ceramics Process

Click each image to learn more about the process of creating hundreds of bowls for the event!

Sponsors and partners

Anyone interested in donating soup or volunteering for Empty Bowls will need to contact Fay Dacey at for more details. 

All proceeds benefit the Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf. Click here to learn more.
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Thank you to Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Bon Appétit, Brick Oven Bakery, Bread People, and the Department of Art and Art History for the ongoing support of the Empty Bowls Project!

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