What is Empty Bowls?

Fueled by a passion for creativity and a desire to help our neighbors in need, Hopkins Public Schools art teachers and leaders at Hopkins Community Education founded our local Empty Bowls fundraiser. Since 1999, art students and community potters have created hundreds of unique soup bowls for this soup meal event that supports the work of ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf in our community. Like the many Empty Bowls fundraisers throughout the country, Hopkins Empty Bowls combines local art, students, and fundraising to benefit our local community. 


Are there “empty bowls” in our community?

Our local community support agencies provide much more than food for our neighbors in need.

ICA Food Shelf serves the communities of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, and Woodland through food services, homelessness prevention, and employment assistance. In 2018, ICA provided more than 1.39 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need -- that's the equivalent of more than 1 million meals. On average, ICA serves 800 families each month. ICA's mobile food shelf provided fresh food to 154 families last year, and the home delivery program served an additional 110 home-bound individuals. ICA also provides Hopkins and Minnetonka schools with weekend food bags and snacks for students in need. ICA helped 96 people find jobs and helped 171 families stay in their homes through financial assistance in 2018. 

ResourceWest, located in downtown Hopkins, works to connect and stabilize individuals and families in the west metro through social services, youth programs, and on site collaborative programs. Each year ResourceWest makes over 10,000 resource connections for people seeking food, housing, healthcare, jobs, education, transportation and more. In 2018, ResourceWest served 4,234 households through their programs. They also connect over 1,000 households to free tax services through Prepare and Prosper. Their annual distributions of school supplies, warm winter clothes, and holiday gifts help hundreds of local kids in our community.