Mathews Contributes to Empty Bowl Project

Join Mathews families on Saturday, September 11th and September 25th from 9:00-11:00 am to MAKE BOWLS with Ms. Belknap and volunteers for the 14th Annual Austin Empty Bowl Project!

Last year Mathews students and parents contributed handmade bowls to The Austin Empty Bowl Project and we’re doing it again!

About the Austin Empty Bowl project:
This ingenious event raised $71,000 last year for the Austin Area Food Bank Kids Cafe by selling 3600 handmade bowls made by local ceramicists and their students and 250 gallons of soup made by local restaurants. The event will be held this year on Sunday, November 21st at the Mexican American Cultural Center, where each bowl is $15 and gets washed, filled with your soup of choice, washed again and wrapped up for you to take home.

Parents and students — please join us again for what is sure to be a beautiful morning of bowl-making fun! No need to bring anything but your creative mind and be ready to get messy outside on the blacktop behind the school. Note: Children must be accompanied by their parents.

Questions? Contact Brooke Gassiot at or 512-299-2254

Mathews students and families gathered on September 19th for an inspired day of creativity and generosity with the Austin Empty Bowl Project.


Art teacher Ms. Sara Belknap led the effort, assembling volunteers around tables on the school blacktop stocked with clay and tools to create over 50 bisqued bowls.

The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort organized by Austin area potters to help feed the hungry. Potters like Ms. Belknap and our Mathews volunteers donate ceramic bowls; chefs donate soup, bakers donate bread and rolls, and musicians donate their talents. The public is invited to an event that showcases all this great talent and raises much-needed funds for the Capital Area Food Bank.

This year’s event will be November 22, 11:00-3:00, at the Mexican American Cultural Center.


How does it work?

For a donation of $15 to the Capital Area Food Bank, you are invited to select a bowl, choose from several kinds of gourmet soup, and enjoy lunch in a lovely setting while listening to live music by some of Austin’s best performers. You take the bowl home with you as a reminder that we can help feed the hungry. There is also a silent auction of bowls signed by celebrities, including for 2009 Carol Burnett, Joan Baez, Danny DeVito, Bruce Springsteen, and many others.

Who benefits from the Austin Empty Bowl Project?

IMG_1061All proceeds go to CAFB’s Kids Café, a program that provides tutoring and a hot evening meal to kids who would otherwise go without. Many children in low-income neighborhoods do not receive well-balanced evening meals because their caregivers work late hours or cannot afford nutritious food. Children must receive appropriate nutrition in order to develop properly and perform well in school. Kids Café serves as a direct partnership between the Food Bank and existing after-school programs.

An official program of Feeding America, there are more than 1,600 locally operated Kids Cafés across the nation. The Food Bank operates 31 Kids Cafés in Central Texas, serving more than 25,000 meals to more than 2,800 children in need per month.


Younger siblings of Kids Café participants are invited to join them at Kids Cafés. And by volunteering for the program, siblings and parents or guardians can dine with their children. This joint participation in Kids Café helps strengthen communities, as families and friends come together to share a meal.

For more information, contact Sara Belknap, art teacher, 841-1517.