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Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is River City Food Bank’s signature event that raises funds, friends and awareness for our ongoing fight against hunger in Sacramento County. This year on March 9th and 10th, 2015, we will celebrate our 12th annual Empty Bowls!

Empty Bowls 2014 was wildly successful!  Artists designed and donated over 1,500 unique, creative bowls, and over 1,400 guests attended the two day event at the Sacramento Convention Center.  Guests attending the Monday evening event were treated to wine, appetizers, gourmet soup, bread and desserts from Classique Catering.  Monday luncheon guests chose soups donated from 10 Sacramento area restaurants including Lucca’s, Vizcaya, The Grange, Scott’s Seafood Bar and Grill, Chops, Evans’ Kitchen, Zocalo, R15, Café Europa, Café Bernardo, and Capital Dime.  Over $127,000 was raised for the food programs at River City Food Bank.  Empty Bowls is a very simple fundraiser that blends art, food, fun, and purpose.  Each guest chooses an “empty bowl,” to remind them of hunger in our community; then we share a simple meal together so that others may also eat.

Thank you to all of our guests and generous sponsors!  Mark your calendars for March 9th and 10th and plan to join us for Empty Bowls 2015!


Event Information

Date: March 9, 2015 and March 10, 2015

Location: Sacramento Convention Center- 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Schedule: Soup Supper: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm    -$60  Wine, hors d’oeuvres, soups, and desserts by Classique Catering

Luncheon: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm   -$30   Traditional soup lunch and desserts


Purchase tickets

at Avid Reader (1600 Broadway) or Trinity Cathedral Bookshop (2620 Capitol Ave).


2014 Luncheon Soup Sponsors: Café Bernardo’s, Chop’s Steakhouse, Classique Catering, Grange Restaurant & Bar, Lucca Restaurant, Bar R15, Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar, Cafe Europa, Capital Dime, Vizcaya and Evan’s Kitchen, Zocalo and more…





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2014 Sponsors:


Presenting Sponsors

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Strategic Sponsors

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Trinity Logo

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Lucinda Woodward

Jerry & Marilyn Burke

Suzanne & Steve Swendiman

Sustaining Sponsors

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Campodonico Family

Pam & Steve Kepler

Melinda & Clement Kong

Community Sponsors

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Steve O’Brien & Mary Healy

Al & Norma Lammers

Pam & Steve Kepler

Mike & Bobbie Voris

Diane Cummins & Steve Szalay

Chris & Dee Vrame

Karen & Barry Brokaw

Gill & Margo Hayes

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Hunter Johnson Insurance

In-Kind Sponsors

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Empty Bowls 2014

Empty Bowls Supper 2013

Empty Bowls Luncheon 2012

Check out coverage of other past events on our Flickr page!

Community Partners


Hours & Location

Our hours for food distribution are:
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Physical Address:
1800 28th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 160204
Sacramento, CA 95816

Tax ID: 91-1851398