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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