STEP’s annual Empty Bowls event will be held at Westwood Lutheran Church (9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park) on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The event is an opportunity for all ages in community to come together and support efforts to eliminate hunger in St. Louis Park.

Community members of all ages are invited to join together for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants for lunch or dinner. The event will include music entertainment and children’s activities. Participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl to take home as a reminder of empty bowls in our community. No tickets or reservations are required. A free-will donation will benefit the programs of the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.

Each year, STEP serves approximately four thousand St. Louis Park residents with nutritional support, clothing, transportation, and emergency rental assistance. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in the city for forty years.

Empty Bowls began nationally in 1990 as a grassroots project of two high school art teachers in Michigan. Due to the low volume of food they were receiving during their food drives, as well as the dwindling interest in the community, they created a way to add excitement and energy to a worthwhile cause. Their students were asked to make ceramic bowls to be used at a luncheon for the school staff. Guests were invited to choose a bowl, were fed a simple meal of soup and bread, and encouraged to make a donation to the local food shelf. Everyone was given their bowl as a reminder of all the “empty bowls” in their community and throughout the world.