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Carleton College to hold Annual Empty Bowls Charitable Fundraiser

May 10, 2013
By Jacob Cohn '13

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, May 17 on the campus Bald Spot at 11:50 a.m., following the weekly convocation address. This popular event is open to the public.


Empty Bowls features over 600 bowls hand-crafted by Carleton students and other community members, as well as soup homemade by residents of Carleton interest houses. A suggested donation of $15 buys a serving of soup, the bowl it’s served in and a side of bread. All proceeds go to the Northfield Community Action Center’s food shelf. The annual event has raised thousands of dollars for the food shelf over the years.


Empty Bowls at Carleton is one of many such events held nationwide and in at least 14 other countries. The concept, first developed by John Hartom and his high school students in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 1991, was conceived as a way to raise money for hunger relief organizations while providing donors with a tangible reminder of the problem of worldwide hunger (in the form of the ‘empty’ bowls). Imagine/RENDER, a nonprofit organization, was formed to promote Empty Bowls as well as other projects that build stronger communities. Further information can be found at


For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Center for Community and Civic Engagement at (507) 222-5477. The Bald Spot is located at the center of the Carleton College campus off College Street. This event will be moved to the Severance Great Hall, located near the end of College Street, in the event of rain.