Our March 5, 2022, Empty Bowls event was a great success! Many thanks to our potters and artists, our restaurant partners, the volunteers and our sponsors. Please watch this space for upcoming Empty Bowls events.



Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.  In Gig Harbor, this is an annual event organized by the Altrusa Club and Foundation of Gig Harbor to raise funds for feeding children and families in our community who may otherwise experience hunger.


​Did you know that 1 in every 4 children in the Peninsula School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, meaning they and their families are at risk of experiencing hunger?  There are a number of great local organizations who provide access to food through delivery programs and food banks.  They are primarily volunteer efforts, but food supplies require funds.  Empty Bowls raises funds to help those local organizations.  100% of the net funds raised are distributed to local organizations by Altrusa of Gig Harbor Foundation for the purchase and delivery of food.


​Here is how it works:  Purchase a handmade bowl by a local artist and enjoy a simple meal of delicious soup donated by one of our premier Gig Harbor restaurants. Take your bowl home as a reminder of the empty bowls in our community.


 Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger in local communities. All funds from our event will be spent within our local school district boundaries.