6th Annual Empty Bowls:
A Benefit for Bidwell Riverside Center
Thursday, November 3rd 6:00 PM | The Tea Room
Bidwell Riverside Center's Empty Bowls event seeks to shed light on the food insecurity faced by our neighbors, and raise funds to support Bidwell Riverside Center's mission to increase stability and self-sufficiency in our community.
Our Food & Clothing Pantry, the largest-serving food pantry in Iowa, helped just under 12,500 members of the community in 2021. Access to food, toiletries, diapers, baby food, formula, clothing, and household items is vital to Iowans living in poverty, and the need is not subsiding.
Each attendee will select a hand-made ceramic bowl upon entering, a gift to take home and remind them to fill the bowls of others as often as they can. The event includes hors d’ouevres, dinner, dessert, and a cash bar.
Through your support, we can fill the bowls of those who are experiencing food insecurity.
We are very fortunate to have had the support of many talented local artists who donated their handmade bowls for our event: Marion Nehmer, Emily MacFarland, Erin Matzen, Stephanie Nelson, Jen Rodgers, Coe College, Greg Lamont, Katy Flynn, Dowling Catholic High School Ceramics Class, and Creative Artists’ Studios of Ames.
Photos from 2019's event