Local Artists and Missoula Food Bank Partner for Hunger Awareness

At the Clay Studio of Missoula, more than 100 bowls crafted by local artists are being unloaded from the kiln. These bowls will help to remind our community about the spreading issue of hunger in Missoula.

Empty Bowls, Full Souls is an annual hunger-awareness event hosted by Missoula Food Bank. This year’s event will take place at Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery on Wednesday, June 25 from 6-8pm. Tickets are $30 each and guests enjoy a simple meal, live local music, and take part in a dialogue about local food insecurity.

“As we continue to see more people in Missoula coming through the doors of our food bank, dialogue and action on the causal issues becomes increasingly important,” notes Jessica Allred, the food bank’s community relations director. “Empty Bowls is an opportunity to speak with members in our community about the often invisible issue of hunger in our neighborhoods.”


Photo courtesy of the Missoula Food Bank.

The bowls are of special significance at this event. Guests choose from the available array of these individual works of art in which their meal will be served. Guests then keep the bowl, not only as a reminder of those in our community who struggle with hunger, but also that each of us has a role to play in eliminating food insecurity’s spread through our neighborhoods.

Speakers at the event will be Daisy Rooks, adjunct professor of sociology at The University of Montana. Rooks teaches on issues including poverty and social justice, and their impacts on community. Joining Rooks is Miranda Carson, volunteer at Missoula Food Bank. Carson will be sharing the story of her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, friend of Missoula Food Bank, and lifelong hunger advocate.

A limited number of tickets are still available. RSVPs can be made by contacting Jessica Allred at (406) 549-0543.


Missoula Food Bank is the primary resource for emergency food assistance in Missoula County. In 2013, the organization served one in seven people county wide through its choice-model pantry, rural satellite pantries and special programs serving children and seniors. Missoula Food Bank is open for distribution Monday through Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm, and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. More information about programs, services, and volunteer opportunities can be found at