about empty bowls
Every year, thousands of Empty Bowls events are held worldwide to combat hunger and food insecurity at the community level. Since our first Mason Empty Bowls event in 2015, we have raised and distributed more than $65,000 to help fight food insecurity among Warren County residents.
This year, Mason Empty Bowls is a month-long virtual fundraising event featuring pottery and other items donated by area artists, crafts people and businesses. We decided to eliminate our traditional soup luncheon and move the rest of the event online to protect the health and safety of participants and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the decision.
Please help us provide much needed financial support to the beneficiary organizations that help fight hunger and food insecurity in our communities. Due to the demands placed on them by the pandemic, these organizations need our help more than ever.
how the virtual event works
In exchange for a cash donation of $20, this year's participants may select a handcrafted bowl from our Virtual Bowl Room. Area potters and students have created and donated nearly 700 beautiful and unique bowls, each one serving as a reminder of the empty bowls that need to be filled in our communities.
Area artists and quilters also donated items for our Buy It Now online store. The store is open to everyone. We have tried to place items in categories to make shopping and gift buying easier! We will continue to stock the online store through the end of the event on Sept. 30, so please keep checking back.
Everyone also can bid at our Mason Empty Bowls 2020 Auction on CharityAuctionsToday.com. Area businesses, artists and individuals donated a wide array of gift certificates, entertainment offerings, services and other items, as well as more unique pottery and bowls. Bidding is open Sunday, Sept. 6, through Monday, Sept. 14.
All items must be picked up at the Mason Grange Hall by appointment, beginning Saturday, Sept. 19. Sorry, we will not be able to ship items.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to print a copy of your receipt(s) and bring it to the pick-up location. You must present your receipt(s) for all auction items won and event tickets, bowls or online store items you have purchased.
pick-up times and location
We are offering drive-through, pick-up service at the Mason Grange Hall.
To prevent a potential traffic jam, you must schedule an appointment to pick up your item(s) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on one of four days: Saturdays, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.
Schedule your pick-up time by visiting the Mason Empty Bowls 2020 Pick Up page at SignUpGenius.com.
Please follow the posted directional signs to enter and exit the Grange Hall driveways. Present your receipts (and ticket if you purchased one for the April event) to our masked and gloved volunteers in the parking area at the rear of the Grange Hall. They will give you your bowl, auction winnings, and any other items you purchased.
Mason Empty Bowls is one of several local and state community service projects that members of Mason Community Grange 1680 support each year. The Mason Grange has been supporting area farmers and communities since 1908. It is Warren County's only remaining chapter of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, which is the oldest farm advocacy group in the United States.
The modern Grange is open to anyone who supports agriculture and believes in working together to make our communities better places in which to live.
Mason Grange members reside in communities throughout Warren County, meeting the second Wednesday of every month at the Grange Hall in Mason.
Interested in becoming a member? Contact the Mason Grange using the form on our Contact page.