Empty Bowls

Central Florida


We’re bringing Empty Bowls to Central Florida! Over 600 handcrafted ceramic bowls have been fired and custom glazed by UCF art students from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design in support of our Empty Bowls event. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11:30-1:30 in the Live Oak Event Center on UCF’s main campus. If you would like the opportunity to pick out your bowl earlier, just be sure to donate ahead of time here for the chance to stop by during our early bird selection time (from 11-11:30 a.m.). Once you’ve selected your bowl, enjoy a soup luncheon which will include your choice of soup, oyster crackers, and a beverage. The types of soups will be announced at a later date. 

All proceeds will be split 50/50 among Knights Helping Knights Pantry at UCF and United Global Outreach; two organizations that support our students and local community in need. 




UCF Live Oak Event Center:

4115 Pyxis Lane,
Orlando, FL 32816

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Live Oak Event Center

Event Supporters



We are so grateful that these incredible organizations are a part of Empty Bowls Central Florida. UCF School of Visual Arts and Design, UCF Potters Guild, UCF Student Union, Volunteer UCF, Knights Helping Knights Pantry, United Global Outreach, DoubleTree by Hilton, Knights of the Turntable, Senior Resource Alliance, and Florida’s Department of  Elder Affairs.

Our Mission


Our mission for Empty Bowls: Central Florida is for our students to see that they can make positive change through their art-making and create a big impact in their local community. This event is to raise proceeds for our local United Global Outreach (UGO), as well as raising funds for our very own Knights Helping Knights Pantry at UCF. Attendees will receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl, light soup luncheon and provide a meal for a student or a community member in need. 

With each $20 suggested donation, the attendee will receive; a handcrafted bowl made by UCF School of Visual Arts and Design students, a bowl of soup, a beverage, and a cookie for dessert.



About Empty Bowls


Empty Bowls is an international grass-roots project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Founded by Lisa Blackburn and art teacher John Hartom in 1990-91 when they joined a drive to raise charitable funds in Hatrom’s Michigan community. The idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. Hartom’s students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl. During the next year, Hartom and other participants developed this concept into the Empty Bowls project. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to promote the project.