Empty Bowls Frequently Asked Questions

When does pre-sale end? Why should I purchase in advance?

Pre-sale ends the night before the event, October 7 at 9pm. After this time all purchases must be made at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This year while we have over 1,500 bowls to sell, demand is high. Pre-sale purchasers will be able to enter the event earlier to skip the line and browse the bowls first. AND get an extra soup ticket!

Yes! To ensure you get a bowl we recommend purchasing a bowl in advance of the event. However, bowls are available at the door while supplies last. If you did not purchase a bowl in advance of the event look for the “purchase items here” line at the registration table. 

Yes! The event is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy the music and learn about NourishMKE. All event proceeds support our food pantries.

Street parking is free on Sundays. There are also several parking ramps nearby that you can park in for a fee. 

There are many ways to support our pantries year round. Consider volunteering or hosting a food drive with your family or friends. Donating is also a great way to give back — it only costs Friedens $5 to feed a person for 5 days!

Visit our page: www.NourishMKE.org/get-involved/

Sorry you can’t make it! We suggest that you forward your receipt to a friend or family member who can pick up your bowl/s at the event.

  • All sales are final.
  • We cannot set aside bowls.
  • Any pre-purchased, unclaimed bowls at the end of the event will forfeited and will be made available for sale at Outpost Natural Food Co-op after the event. 

Visit: www.32auction.com/NourishMKEEmptyBowls/

Auction opens Friday, October 6th giving you 3 days to bid on your favorite items. Auction closes Sunday October 8 at 3pm. 

The lines for bowl purchase and pre-purchase are clearly marked at the entrance to the Kern Center. 

This event is located near downtown within close proximity of bars and restaurants. Feel free to stick around the area after the event to grab a bite to eat! 

That’s great! Contact us at director@nourishmke.org and Colleen at colleen@creamcityclay.com

Great! Contact us at director@nourishmke.org

We’d love your help! Contact us at volunteer@nourishmke.org and let us know you want to participate in Empty Bowls.

If you have a food allergy, please let the food vendor know before sampling their soup. Also, soups will be marked with a sign indicating possible, common allergies. 

Nope! The event runs from 12pm-3pm. You can feel free to stop in at any time and stay for as long as you would like.

This event is rain or shine! Our event is indoors.  

Yes, this event has access to restrooms.


Sorry – bowls can only be picked up at the event! We are not able to ship bowls to you. 

Not this year! For sanitary reasons you’ll be provided a compostable bowl to eat out of at the event.

Most bowls can be microwaved. Some cannot. You can test it by trying to microwave something and if the pot gets hot and the food stays cold it’s not a microwavable bowl.

All bowls distributed at Empty Bowls are food-safe. We remove any that are not or have sharp edges. 

Not at all! Arrive whenever you’d like before 3:00pm. If you’d like to take advantage of VIP admission you will want to arrive early, but you can attend at any time. You’ll still receive your extra soup ticket.