Talbot County Empty Bowls
Fighting to End Hunger in Our
Community One Bowl at a Time

Who We Are

Talbot County Empty Bowls was inspired by the work of Lisa Blackburn and art teacher John Hartom. Hartom’s students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl as a reminder that, although they had just eaten, many people’s bowls remained empty.

In 1990, Hartom and other participants developed this concept into “Empty Bowls”. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to promote the project.

Empty Bowls now raises millions of dollars for hunger-related causes around the world.

Talbot County Empty Bowls is proud to be part of the effort.

How We Help

Every penny we raise from donations, bowl sales and ticket sales for the Community Dinner is given to Talbot County organizations that address hunger in our community.

The Empty Bowls Community Dinner

The Empty Bowls Community Dinner is an annual opportunity for those of us who eat without worry to reach out to our neighbors for whom a meal may be a luxury.

When you come to the dinner, you are served your choice of soup (chicken, vegetable, or chili) in a handmade bowl that is yours to keep.

Each time you use this special bowl, you will remember that someone else's bowl is often empty.

Over the last 12 years

Talbot County Empty Bowls
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Get Involved

Here’s how you can help us to fulfill our mission of ending hunger in our community one bowl at a time:


Have fun for a good cause by painting bowls for our next Community Dinner at Kiln Born Creations. Starting in 2020 on January 1st through Friday, February 14th, let your creativity shine! Bowls are $16 (plus tax) and Kiln Born will donate a portion of the proceeds to Talbot County Empty Bowls. Please call ahead If you would like to book a group to paint for Empty Bowls.

Paint Bowls


Attend the annual Talbot County Empty Bowls Community Dinner the last Sunday in February.

Tickets can be purchased online (link below - online processing fee applies),
or by cash/check sent to
Empty Bowls Mid-Shore Community Foundation
102 E. Dover Street Easton, MD 21601



Send checks to:
Empty Bowls Mid-Shore Community Foundation
102 E. Dover Street Easton, MD 21601

Use the link below to donate online. When prompted, please indicate that your contribution is for Talbot County Empty Bowls.

Donate Online


Individual and corporate sponsors subsidize expenses through financial or in-kind gifts so that 100% of ticket sales and donations go directly to the Talbot County organizations that address hunger in our community.

View Our Wonderful Sponsors

Become A Sponsor


100% of ticket sales and donations go to these Talbot County food pantries and other organizations that address hunger in our community:

Asbury Methodist Church

18 South Higgins Easton, MD 21601

Neighborhood Service Center

126 Port Street, Easton, MD 21601

The Presbyterian Church of Easton

617 North Washington St. Easton, MD 21601

Scott's United Methodist Church

3748 Main St, Trappe, MD 21673

St. Michaels Food Pantry

Christ Church Parish Hall
St. Michaels, MD 21601

St. Vincent De Paul Society

29533 Canvasback Drive Easton, MD 21601

CarePacks of Talbot County

Easton Elementary School
307 N. Glenwood Avenue, Easton, MD

Tilghman Food Pantry

Tilghman United Methodist Church
5731 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman, MD

St. Michaels Community Center

103 Railroad Avenue
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Harvest of Hope Food Pantry

Easton Church of God
1009 N. Washington Street, Easton MD

Each of these organizations serves people in need year round regardless of race or religion. Recipients are not required to attend religious services in order to receive aid.

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