The 33rd annual Empty Bowls event was held Friday, Oct. 27, 2023 from 11 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. at Tavern & Tap (111 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing, formerly Troppo). This fundraising event is made possible thanks to our friends at the Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild and Clayworks, who donate their time and talents to create hundreds of beautiful bowls each year.

Guests receive a handcrafted bowl and soup lunch to symbolize how even humble meals can have transformative impacts when shared alongside friends and neighbors. This event is a great source of support in GLFB’s fight against hunger in mid-Michigan and we hope you can join us for lunch on Oct. 27!

Potter’s Choice online auction live now!

GLFB thanks our friends at Clayworks and Greater Lansing Potter’s Guild for lending their time and talents to the fight against hunger.

This year’s standout creations were hand selected and featured on our Potter’s Choice Auction.

Our partners

The 33rd Empty Bowls event is sponsored by LAFCU and Murphy & Spagnuolo, PC. Greater Lansing Food Bank would like to give a special thanks for their generous support of our mission to alleviate hunger.

Tavern & Tap

Greater Lansing Food Bank is grateful to the culinary team at Tavern & Tap for hosting this event across their network of restaurants for nearly a decade. Thank you to the team for this year’s selection of delicious soups and for making the event possible.




Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild and Clayworks Pottery

Empty Bowls would not be possible without the hard work and artistic talent of of Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild and Clayworks Pottery. Each year, GLFB receives hundreds of donated pieces, each of which helps feed neighbors facing food insecurity.

Thank you to all our event partners for helping alleviate hunger one meal at a time, to create a future where everyone has access to nourishing food.


Become a Souper Supporter!

Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to consider becoming a Souper Supporter of this year’s Empty Bowls event. For $500, Souper Supporters receive ten tickets to the Empty Bowls lunch and ten handcrafted bowls to take home.

Current Souper Supporters:

  • Adventure Credit Union
  • Cinnaire
  • DTE
  • Usimamizi wa DTN Co.
  • Dyras Dental
  • First National Bank of Michigan
  • Lansing Board of Water & Light
  • Moonsail Kaskazini
  • Patrick McPharlin
  • Dr. Stan Parker
  • Simplified Tax & Accounting Services, PC
  • Maureen Abood Shaheen and Dan Shaheen
  • Susan & Phillip Snodgrass
  • Patrick and Katie Spyke
  • Carrie Waggoner

Photos from the 2022 event

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