About Us

Milwaukee Empty Bowls is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that uses art to heighten hunger awareness and raise funds that help food pantries and meal programs in Milwaukee. We create hand-made bowls that are offered to the public at our main event in October. A $25 donation ($10 for bowls made by kids) includes a bowl and delicious soup and bread made and donated by area restaurants and bread shops. MEB, now in our 18th year, started as a grassroots offshoot of Empty Bowls, an event at a Michigan high school that has blossomed across the US and the world.

In addition to our main event, you can find Milwaukee Empty Bowls at select fairs throughout the year, where we continue to share the love of art and hunger awareness.

Milwaukee Empty Bowls is a proud member of Local First Milwaukee, a membership alliance of Milwaukee businesses and nonprofits that educates the public on the importance of supporting local.

Our Mission

Milwaukee Empty Bowls engages the community through ceramic and culinary arts to raise hunger awareness and provide resources to local agencies addressing food insecurity.

Our Board

April Klinter | Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Board President

Ramie Camarena | Colectivo Coffee
Board Director

Jaimie Somlai | Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Board Director

Jeremy Stepien | Lynden Sculpture Garden
Board Director

Jean Wells | Jean’s Clay Studio
Board Director, Co-founder

Tracy Blaine | Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Board Director