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Waste Not Presents 33rd Annual Empty Bowls
By Claire Natale - Friday Sep 29, 2023
Waste Not, a local nonprofit organization that works to eliminate food waste and hunger, is excited to announce that its annual Empty Bowls event will return for its 33rd year on Friday, Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In partnership with the Arizona Clay Association, Empty Bowls will benefit Waste Not’s network of over 85 nonprofit agencies that receive excess food for Arizonans in need.

Local artists have personally hand-crafted individual bowls that will be on display and available for purchase at Empty Bowls. These bowls were donated by the Arizona Clay Association and made specifically for this event. While many of the dishes are one-of-a-kind, there are a few that may run in pairs. At the event, attendees can receive both a bowl and lunch from Salad and Go for $20. Attendees also have the option to purchase an additional bowl for $10 each.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement with fundraisers taking place year-round in various cities across the world. Artists all over the globe create hand-crafted bowls to help feed the hungry in their communities. The bowls are meant raise awareness for those experiencing hunger and the empty bowls they struggle to fill.

“Empty Bowls is one of our favorite events that we put on each year,” said Waste Not’s Executive Director Hillary Bryant. “Not only does it bring the Arizona community together and celebrates local artistry, but it also raises awareness to the number of people going hungry in our state. We are so grateful to all our sponsors, the Arizona Clay Association, and all the talented artists who continue to make this event a success each year.”

In addition to the thousands of salads that Salad and Go has provided to our nonprofit partners, they’ve donated the salads Arizonans will get to enjoy at this event. This will ensure that every dollar you spend goes straight to Waste Not’s mission of delivering meals to people in need.

“We are honored to donate bowls and help support Arizona communities through the use of ceramic arts,” said Melissa Kelsey, board president at the Arizona Clay Association. “I see the excitement every year as our members pick up clay, attend events to create and glaze bowls, and as they drop bowls off for the event itself. We get to do something that we already love to do, turn a lump of clay into a functional work of art.”

Those who are not able to attend Empty Bowls on Oct. 13 will still have another opportunity to check out and purchase these beautifully designed bowls. Waste Not will have an Empty Bowls Pop-Up booth at the City of Scottsdale’s 38th annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Waste Not’s Empty Bowls will be held at the Arizona Center in Downtown Phoenix, located at 455 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004. For more information and details on parking, visit