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About Empty Bowls

The idea for YWCA Empty Bowls is simple: guests of the event receive a delicious lunch of soups, salads, breads and desserts, generously donated by local restaurants and businesses and select either:

  • a beautiful, hand-crafted bowl, created and donated by local artisans of the Kawartha Potters Guild, Kawartha Wood Turners Guild and Artisans Centre Peterborough, or
  • a charitable tax receipt.

Guests are given the option to dine-in at The Venue, or pick up their pre-ordered lunch to-go from YWCA, making it easy and convenient for everyone to take part. 

New: Guests may now choose to receive either a charitable tax receipt or a hand-crafted bowl.

All proceeds from YWCA Empty Bowls directly support YWCA JustFood and Crossroads Shelter's Nutritional Well Being Program, helping local women and children enjoy fresh ingredients, learn life-changing food skills and build community.


Coming soon

Have questions or need help?

Please contact Ria Nicholson 705-743-3526 ext. 113 or

With thanks to our generous sponsors:

2018 Title Sponsor


2018 Empty Bowls To-Go Sponsor 


2018 Lunch Sponsor


2018 Bowl Sponsors



2018 Media Sponsors