Empty Bowls




Empty Bowls is an internationally-recognized event to fight hunger in communities around the United States and throughout the world. In 1990, John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, art educators in Michigan, created Empty Bowls to connect artists with an opportunity to make a meaningful difference.

It began with a relatively simple concept: students would handcraft ceramic bowls and invite faculty to a soup lunch. In exchange for a donation, faculty could keep one of the handcrafted bowls home as a reminder that somewhere in the community someone’s bowl is empty.

Now, more than twenty years later, countless communities throughout the United States and around the world have embraced this grassroots project to fight the pervasive problem of hunger.

The Neighbors’ Place began hosting its Empty Bowls event to increase awareness around food security in Marathon County. Since then, the event has continued to grow and has raised funds to fight hunger in the community through The Neighbors' Place food pantry and basic needs programs.


Empty Bowls 2021 is presented by Auto SelectBridge Community Health Clinic and Connexus Cares and is an annual fundraiser hosted by The Neighbors' Place as a reminder of the food insecurity faced by many in our community. In place of an in-person event, this year's event will take place over 1 week as community-wide bowl sales combined with an online silent auction! 

November 13th-20th
Purchase handmade or painted bowls, cookbooks, soup spoons & tshirts from these three participating Bowl Stops:
Clay Corner Studio
Clay House Pizza Kiln
Center for Visual Arts

You can also visit us at the Winter Farmers Market at Whitewater Music Hall on November 13th & 20th from 9am - 1pm for pop-up bowl sales!

November 13th-30th
When you purchase a bowl from one of our Bowl Stops, you will recieve a free soup coupon from one of these participating Soup Stops to use through November:
2510 Restaurant
Great Dane Pub & Brewing
Hiawatha Restaurant
La Taqueria
The Mint Café
Mosinee Cafe

Nueske's Gullivers Landing
Patina Coffeehouse
Red Eye Brewing Company
Red Robin
Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery
Sixth Street Filling Station
Timekeeper Distillery
Tine & Cellar 
Thrive Foodery 
The Ugly Mug
Townies Grill 


November 13th-20th

Join our online silent auction and bid on some awesome gifts to support our programming!

The Neighbors’ Place is a homegrown community center providing a hand up to residents of Marathon County and the surrounding communities. Our mission is a simple one: to be “People Helping People.” We are here to work collaboratively, listen respectfully, and care actively – treating everyone who comes through our doors with dignity. All money raised at this event benefits people seeking food assistance from The Neighbors’ Place Food Pantry.

Empty Bowls 2021 is Presented by these great sponsors:

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CoVantage Credit Union, United Healthcare, UMR & WSAW

Tureen Sponsors:
Greenheck Group & TDS Telecom

Cup Sponsors:
BMO Harris Bank, CGI, Emmerich Properties Fund & Kwik Trip

Ladle Sponsors:
Ameriprise Financial/Cornerstone Advisors, Anthem, Cloverbelt Credit Union, CM Cares, Domtar, Integra Tool & Manufaturing Inc, Intercity State Bank, Marathon Bank, Mavo Concrete Sawing Services, Mosinee Brewing Co & Mosinee Cafe

Other Sponsors:
Coldwell Banker Action, Eastbay & Wausau Tax & Accounting