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“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy...when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

-Marjorie Moore

A cooperative effort of the Smithville Food Pantry, Smithville Community Gardens, Lost Pines Artisans' Alliance, S. Williams Angels Unaware Ministry, & Smithville Community Clinic

Helping Feed People in Need

Saturday, March 23, 2024
11:00am - 2:00pm

Smithville Recreation Center at 106 Royston

at the corner of Loop 230 & NW 1st streets

The Empty Bowl Project is a national grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople and volunteers create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to organizations working to end hunger and food insecurity.

The Smithville Food Pantry, Smithville Community Gardens, Lost Pines Artisans' Alliance, Smithville Community Clinic & S. Williams Angels Unaware Ministry are working together to bring a fun, informative day to the citizens of Smithville and the surrounding areas. Join us!

Paint Party - February 10, 2024

Would you like to paint a bowl for the Smithville Empty Bowl Project??? Join us this Saturday for another Bowl Painting Party at the Mary A. Nichols Art Center, from 1-3pm. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers...we have all of the supplies!


Prices to paint are:

$40 for single adults

$60 for two adults

$10 for each child under 14 or under accompanied by an adult.


Price includes:

~ time with an artist who can provide tips and tricks if needed

~ a bowl to take home (after it has been fired)

~ a ticket to the event on March 23rd (a value of $25)

~ a great feeling for supporting 5 nonprofits and the community as a whole


Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024

Location: 301 Burleson St., Smithville, TX

Our Team


The Smithville Empty Bowl project began in 2011 as a partnership between the Smithville Food Pantry, the Smithville Community Gardens, and the Lost Pines Artisans’ Alliance to help our community become more aware of hunger in the Smithville area and to address this urgent need. Our partners have grown since then: the Samella Williams Angels Unaware Ministry joined the group in 2014, and in 2019 the Smithville Community Clinic became the fifth partner. Each of these organizations provide needed services for the health and welfare of the Smithville community. 

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