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Empty Bowls 2023

By: The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Empty Bowls 2023

By: The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

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May 31, 2023 11:30 AM EDT to 7:00 PM EDT
Wilfrid Laurier University - Lazaridis Hall
75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON  N2L 3C7

Empty Bowls 2023

In it's 25th year, Empty Bowls started as a way for the arts community to help people struggling to access food. The first Empty Bowls Waterloo Region–led by the Waterloo Potters' Workshop–took place in 1998 and to date has provided more than 1.3 million meals.

When you buy a $50 ticket, you help provide 100 meals to vulnerable people in Waterloo region accessing food assistance. Each ticket includes a beautiful, handcrafted bowl and delicious lunch or dinner.

See photos from the 2022 event.

Ticket details:

Each $50 ticket includes:

*Admission to either the lunch seating (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) or the dinner seating (5–7 p.m.).

*Delicious soups and bowl meals provided by the restaurants, caterers and schools listed below.

*Non–alcoholic beverage

*One (1) handcrafted bowl provided by the Waterloo Potters' Workshop.


25th Anniversary Guest Speaker

Presented by Bennett Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Sydney Keedwell is a Métis chef who was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. Starting her career early at the age of 17, Sydney trained at Conestoga College. Now with over eight years experience, she works at White Owl Native Ancestry Association. Sydney is the food and nutrition coordinator and the chef of Aadanjige Cafe and catering. Over the course of her career, Sydney was able to further discover her Indigenous heritage. She found a love for finding connections within Mexican cuisine and how the two naturally intersect.

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25th Anniversary sponsor

Thank you to Bennett Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. for supporting the 25th annual Empty Bowls event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I select more than one bowl?

Upon arrival, ticket holders will select their individual bowl from all bowls available. One (1) handcrafted bowl is included in the ticket price. A very limited supply of additional bowls may be available for sale for $40 each, while supplies last.

Are there vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options?

Yes. There are options at each seating for vegan, vegetarian or gluten free meals.

Current COVID protocols at WLU for Empty Bowls:

Face coverings are no longer required on the university campus. Members of our community are encouraged to wear masks in higher-capacity, close-proximity settings. Please respect each other’s choices about mask wearing and please continue to self-monitor and refrain from attending campus locations when ill.

The university may re-implement health and safety requirements at any time in response to changing conditions.

Is there parking on site?

Parking included in the ticket purchase is available at the following locations.

-St. Michael’s Church - (Lot 18 rear portion – entrance off Balsam St)

-Northdale Campus – 66 Hickory St. W, Waterloo (Lot 37)


Paid parking available in the pay and display lot at Lazaridis Hall (Lot 33)

*Accessible parking available at Lazaridis Hall with a valid MTO accessible permit.

Organized by
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank) is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community and ensuring no one goes hungry. Through community and corporate partnerships, we acquire and distribute food to 120+ community programs and agency partners.
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