How do you respond to a pandemic?

  • Community Lifeline Center responds by distributing 20 times more food.  They're on target for 1,000,000 lbs this year compared to 50,000 in 2019.

  • Community Garden Kitchen responds by opening this year to serve hot meals to anyone in need, no questions asked.


About Empty Bowls McKinney

  • Our event proceeds go to fighting hunger

  • We are in unprecedented times due to COVID and the need for food is great!

  • 140,000 Collin County residents are food insecure

  • Nearly 9,000 McKinney kids will go to bed hungry tonight

  • 45% of food stamp recipients are children


You can help and have a fun-filled family evening at the same time.

This unique annual event features a showcase of one-of-a-kind bowls handcrafted by professional and student artists. Guests enjoy a sampling of gourmet soups, breads, and sweets prepared by chefs from local restaurants.  They take home one of these empty bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls due to hunger in the local community.  

Due to COVID, we are moving all the restaurant booths outside and the bowls will be inside.  We will be observing COVID protocols and limiting ticket sales.


Proceeds of the event go to Community Lifeline Center to help stock their Lifeline Market and to Community Garden Kitchen to serve hot meals to anyone in need, no questions asked.

2021 Sponsors





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Your bowls make our event a reality!

We ask you to join this significant effort to fight hunger in our community!

Last year, despite COVID causing us to have a virtual event, we raised over $78,000 to fight hunger in our community.

Opportunities to Contribute:

  • Donate an Artisan Bowl for the Art Auction or Showcase Collection (raffle)

  • Donate bowl(s) for the Limited Edition Collection

  • Donate event bowls (800 needed)

  • Advocacy of the event through social media, marketing & media opportunities

  • Volunteer at the event!

Our Gift to You:

  • Event "Artist" t-shirt for donating an Artisan or Showcase bowl or at least 10 event bowls

  • Complimentary entry to the event for Art Auction artists with a guest.

  • Artist Participation Form must be received by April 6, 2021.

Artisan Auction Bowls

These are larger, professional pieces for the on-line Art Auction (one per artist and auction entries will be juried).

Showcase Bowls

Three bowls will be selected to be raffled at the event

Limited Edition Bowls

These are beautifully crafted bowls made available for purchase during the event.

Event Bowls

Event bowls, the heart of our event, are given to our guests to take home as a reminder of their support.

Bowl Due Dates

Auction & Showcase bowls are due 03/05/21.

Drop off at the The Cove, March 2-4

402 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069

Limited Edition & Event bowls are due 04/06/21

Drop off at SPARC Pottery Studio

405 N. Sherman St., McKinney, TX 75069



Contact Us

Empty Bowls McKinney

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

511 Foote St.

McKinney, TX 75069

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