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Empty Bowls

Save the Dates

March 14 & 15, 2016

Sacramento Convention Center-

1400 J St. Sacramento, CA 95814


Soup Supper: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm -$70

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 Here

or at Avid Reader (1600 Broadway) or Trinity Cathedral Bookshop (2620 Capitol Ave), beginning January 20, 2016.

2016 Luncheon Soup Sponsors: Café Bernardo’s, Chops Steakhouse, Classique Catering, Grange Restaurant & Bar, Lucca Restaurant, Mother, Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar, Zocalo and more…

About Empty Bowls

The premise of Empty Bowls is simple: about 1,400 community members come together for lunch or supper and enjoy a humble, yet delicious meal of homemade soups and nutritious bread donated by award-winning area restaurants. As a thank you, and to remind ourselves that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a full bowl every night, our guests are invited to select one of over 1,500 handmade ceramic bowls, donated by professional artists and local students, to take home with them.

Funds raised through this event generate a positive effect long after the chairs are put away and the music ends. We leverage the publicity and proceeds from this event to create a greater awareness of hunger in our community. This allows us to raise much needed funds to provide healthy and nutritious food to the more than 88,000 individuals who access River City Food Bank’s programs each year.

2016 Sponsors:

Title Sponsors

Jerry & Marilyn Burke

Strategic Sponsors

Lucinda Woodward

Sustaining Sponsors

Campodonico Family

Pam and Steve Kepler

Mike and Bobbie Voris


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Community Sponsors

Karen & Barry Brokaw

Jose & Anita Cueto

Diane Cummins & Steve Szalay

Gill & Margo Hayes

Pam and Steve Kepler

Al & Norma Lammers


Stewarding Sponsors

Steve & Jane Baker

Anne & Doug Bayless

Marie & Charlie Duff

Jack Johnson, in Memory of Carol A. Johnson

Phawnda Moore & Ron Greenwood, M.D.

Terence & Teri McHale

Loftus Investment Advisors

Nan Teal & Nina Morreira

Rick & Leslie Pratt

Cathi & Aaron Read

Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates

John & Kit Smith

Marjorie Swartz

Dave & Connie Wright


Lunger Family

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Hope Sponsors

Frederick & Kelly Ashwell

Golden State Advocacy

Suzie Cohen & John Kohls

Cliff & Gisele Corrie

Peggy Cox

Cathy & Chuck Farman

Marilyn Hawes

Ed & Vicki Hollingshead

Ronald Javor

Allen Lugar

Mary Ann Massenburg & Robert Purcell

Shari & Gavin McHugh

Arnie Sowell & Brenda Narayan

Donna & Josh Pane of Pane & Pane Associates

Cathie Piacentini

Dale Vaira

Kate Willcox & Andrew Deeringer

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Empty Bowls 2015

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