Empty Bowls

The POTTERS’ GUILD OF HAMILTON & REGION has joined the EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT with HAMILTON FOOD SHARE as the recipient of monies raised. You are invited to the twelfth annual EMPTY BOWLS event in conjunction with the Fall Sale 2016.

The Fall Sale 2015 raised $19,725 for Hamilton Food Share.

Choose a soup bowl from hundreds of handmade soup bowls, made by many of your favorite local potters. Your $25 will buy a beautiful soup bowl and allow Hamilton Food Share to source $125 worth of food.

Start a soup bowl collection for yourself, purchase a soup bowl for a friend, give a soup bowl to a neighbour, take a soup bowl as a hostess gift…before you know it you have purchased 5 unique soup bowls and helped raise $625 worth of food. WHAT a FEELING!

In our community currently there are 18,400 people accessing food banks every month and 7,600 are children. Others that use emergency food services include physically challenged people, senior citizens and many people who have lost their jobs and found other employment at minimum wage.

All food collected goes to assist emergency food programs (food banks and hot meal lines) in our own community including: the Good Shepherd Centres, Mission Services of Hamilton, Neighbour to Neighbour, St. Matthew’s House, Wesley Urban Ministries, Living Rock, Welcome Inn and the Salvation Army. We’ve also extended our assistance to two breakfast programs, various women’s’ shelters, men’s hostels and youth centers.
Remember… Every dollar donated to Hamilton Food Share raises $5.00 worth of food!


is an international project to fight hunger. Empty Bowls events take place annually in many cities around the world from San Francisco USA to Helsinki Finland to Montreal Quebec and now in Dundas Ontario. The basic idea for Empty Bowls is simple. Potters make and donate ceramic soup bowls. Guests choose and buy a soup bowl for $25, as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world. All proceeds from the sale of these soup bowls will be donated to Hamilton Food Share, our charity of choice.


is a unique, one of a kind food bank in Hamilton, an umbrella organization that raises and distributes donated food to emergency food programs throughout the city. Since 1990 Hamilton Food Share has raised and distributed approximately 17 million pounds of product within our community.