Open Collective
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Empty Bowls 2023 Update
Published on April 21, 2023 by Cheryl J. Rosenberg

Thank you so much for your generosity in making the 2023 Roslindale/Hyde Park Empty Bowls such a success. We had over 450 people in attendance and raised over $21,000!

A huge shout out to all the artists and potters from Create: Art In Community - along with some brand-new volunteers - who made and decorated bowls for this event. Sipping soup out of homemade bowls was like drinking liquid love! 

Please consider becoming part of the larger mutual aid network of the Neighborhood Food Action Collaborative (NFAC) by receiving food at one of our distribution sites, volunteering, and/or donating to one of NFAC’s member organizations.
  • To donate, please visit the Health Leads donation page HERE and under “designation” select “Massachusetts.” 
  • To volunteer for Empty Bowls 2024, please sign up HERE
  • To help us make next year’s event run more smoothly, inclusively, and equitably, we invite your feedback about Empty Bowls 2023. Please fill out a short survey HERE.
In the interest of “paying it forward,” we encourage you to support the businesses who gave generously to make this event such a success!

In addition to Create Art in Community, this event would not be possible without Workhub at the Substation, HeathLeads, Gourmet Catering and Hercules Press.

We want to especially thank our 2023 sponsors for this event: Harvard School of Public Health, The Cambridge Savings Bank, The Cooperative Bank, Sazama Real Estate, The Rosi-Kessel Family, and Ecosense Cleaning Services.

And of course, the stars of the show, the restaurants that prepared and donated soup. Let them know you tasted their soup at Empty Bowls!
Thank you so much for your participation. Together, we all make our community a better, stronger, and happier place to live. We hope to see you next year! 

The 2023 Empty Bowls Organizing Committee

Three food distribution programs – FAVOR: Food Access Volunteers of Roslindale, RFC: The Roslindale Food Collective, and The Hyde Park Food Pop-Up – are key members of the Neighborhood Food Action Collaborative (NFAC). These programs operate as mutual aid networks where no conditions exist on who receives help and everyone who participates – whether volunteer, recipient, or both – is seen as equal. All involved work cooperatively to meet the needs of those within the community who face food insecurity. Unlike charities which are formed to respond to the effects of the inequities that exist within our food, housing, and health care systems, mutual aid networks seek to meet material needs while also addressing root causes. NFAC’s mission is to create solutions for a more robust, accessible, and equitable food ecosystem in Boston.