This year’s event is different, because it’s a different year!

Empty Bowls is Back – November 7, 2020

Buy your ticket now by visiting our online store 

Limited tickets are available by phone – call the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship at 344-5980.

We won’t be able to serve you a bowl of soup, but we still have the bowls and this year they really are empty. We are so grateful to the potters for continuing to create and share their talents with the community, all for an important cause.

In lieu of our regular dinner, we are asking our community to buy a ticket, generously give the meal to someone in need, and take home an empty bowl as a reminder of those who are struggling in our community.

Ticket holders can pick up their locally crafted bowl from the parking lot of the Moose Hall on Saturday, November 7th between 11am and 4pm. 

Though the pandemic has disrupted our event, the need is as great as ever. There are fewer volunteers and higher expenses because of COVID-19. The funds raised from this event will help our charities continue their work.

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions related to gathering indoors, the Empty Bowls Caring Hearts fundraiser , featuring soups from local chefs and handmade bowls from local potters. will not be held in 2020 for the first time in 20 years. 

In the hope of continuing to support Shelter House and the Thunder Bay Food Bank, the organizing committee will be looking at alternative fundraising activities during the fall and winter. Our volunteers are excited about the opportunity to follow the lead of other local organizations and explore virtual events to not only raise necessary funds, but also reach people with important messages about food insecurity in our community.

The committee is enthusiastic about returning to our regular model as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, please stay tuned to hear details of our fundraisers; visit our website at or follow us on Facebook (emptybowlstbay). 

 If you would like to help immediately, donations can be made through directly to Shelter House and the Thunder Bay Food Bank through, allowing you to donate securely online and receive a charitable income receipt immediately.

For more information, please contact:

Jay Stapleton, co-chair at

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Market Baskets

A huge thank you to all of the market vendors who donated to our Market Vendor Baskets for tomorrow’s raffle. 

We have a great selection of products, from fresh vegetables and pies to handcrafted jewelry and stained glass. Our market vendors have been extremely generous. 

Be sure to bring your ticket money for our raffle baskets and the Market Vendor Baskets, and have a chance to win!

The baskets have goods donated by: 

  • Big Lake Pasta
  • Boreal Bakery
  • Cornell Farms
  • Crazy Horse Studios
  • Cree Stevens
  • Debruins Greenhouse
  • Duncan Weller
  • Haywire Farm
  • If I were a Carpenter
  • Jewels of Crown
  • Jo Mik Baking
  • Kyle Lees
  • McChristies
  • Merk
  • Metis Gallery
  • My Pride Farm
  • Naken Coconut
  • Nodus Macrame
  • Pie.Ology
  • Pitch Creek Farm
  • Rainy River Elk Company
  • Randle’s Candles
  • Redhead & The Chef
  • Sapling Bakery
  • Shattered Light Landscapes
  • Simply Sweet
  • The Beads Go On
  • The Nola Shop
  • Thunder Oak
  • Unique Alternatives
  • Walkabout Farm
  • Wintering House Designs

Early Bird Draw Winner!

Congratulations to Karina Polson, the winner or our first early bird 50/50 draw! Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket (or more!). We are so appreciative of the support of our community – and the support of the following businesses selling tickets for us!

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50/50 Earlybird Raffle

(To be drawn on October 12)

Tickets are $5. Winner receives up to $4000.

Tickets available at:

Also selling at the TB Country Market Wednesday October 2nd, Saturdays October 5th and 12th.

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