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Brittany approached Empty Bowls with a desire to donate proceeds from her "Bowl" collection of jewelry designs to the organization. This idea stemmed from her drive to help those in need. For years, she has wanted to be able to give more to charitable organizations, particularly so as to help fight hunger. Furthermore, she notes that being involved with the project enables her to work around budgetary constraints: "Being that I am a self employed artist, I don't always get to donate as often as I would like. I then realized that through my 'Bowl' line of jewelry, I could donate much more than I ever could personally." She has pledged to donate 10% of all proceeds from her Bowl collection to The Empty Bowls Project.

Brittany believes that in general people love to wear or exhibit what is important to them. A piece such as a necklace allows the wearer, along with the admirers, to have a constant reminder of the charitable cause behind the accessory, which in turn leads one to consider those who are in need. Jewelry in many situations acts as a conversation starter, and the reality of hunger is a topic in need of a conversation. These pieces are designed to get people talking about the importance of acknowledging and fighting hunger in both our own communities and the wider world.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

It is the collective genius of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. We could never have imagined all the things people have done or all the ways the project has touched people.

Each individual or group organizing an event designs it around the needs of their own community and is responsible for their own event. We ask that all such events are called Empty Bowls so that the idea can continue to spread. Please make your event inclusive, insist that it maintain a high level of integrity, include an educational component to raise awareness, and give the money raised to an organization helping to feed people in need.

The largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America, reports that the nation’s food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Millions of people have lost their jobs during the most recent recession and the number of food stamp recipients has increased dramatically. Your help is needed now more than ever.

Please find the time, make the commitment, get involved. Your single effort can have a profound impact.

Imagine Render is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community.

Our major project is the Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. This project represents what we do best—develop creative, exciting, and powerful models that are replicable and scalable by others wishing to work for social justice.

For more information on The Empty Bowls Project: Click Here