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 2017, ICA provided more than 1.38 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need -- that's the equivalent of more than 1 million meals. On average, the food shelf serves 800 families each month. ICA's mobile food shelf provided fresh food to 164 families last year, and the home delivery program served an additional 100 home-bound individuals. ICA also provides Hopkins and Minnetonka schools with weekend food bags and snacks for students in need. ICA helped 111 people find jobs and helped 198 families stay in their homes through financial assistance in 2017. 

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 2016, ResourceWest provided over 1,200 children with school supplies, winter warm wear, and holiday gifts. The social services program provided 36 financial grants for car repairs, prescriptions, and childcare. And over 800 households in crisis caused by homelessness, sudden loss of income, health issues, or transportation issues were provided with short-term case management assistance.