Empty Bowls Project

Posted December 14, 2017 in Recreation & Parks by Anna Subler

The Tree Lighting is a longstanding Hilliard tradition that brings the community together—and this year—that tradition will give back to the community.

Hilliard Kiwanis Club partnered with Hilliard Arts Council for the ‘Empty Bowls Project’ event at this years’ Holiday Hop and Tree Lighting. The event raised over $1,700 for the Hilliard Food Pantry by filling 170 ceramic bowls made by Hilliard Bradley High School students and children at the Fall Festival with homemade soup. This was made possible by donations from Buckeye Ceramic Supply.

Kiwanis members cooked the soup from scratch and students with the Hilliard Key Club served it. Those who purchased soup-filled-bowls paid $10 and were able to choose from an array of handcrafted bowls.

“The Kiwanis Club has always supported the food pantry and I’m glad that we found a new way to continue to do that,” said Lori Lee, President Elect of the Kiwanis Club. “Empty Bowls was a great start to what we hope will be a longstanding tradition of being involved with the Tree Lighting and Holiday Hop.”

On average, the Hilliard Food Pantry serves 196 families a month by providing them with items such as canned and boxed food, bread, produce, and personal care items. To find out how you can help those in our community who are in need, please contact or visit