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Annual Empty Bowls coming back to Cleveland


Our bowls are empty so others can be full

CLEVELAND, Mississippi: The state of Mississippi is one of themost food insecure states in the America, with 1 in 5 Mississippians unsure if they can afford their next meal.  In the Delta, 21% percent of households are food insecure, double the nationwide rate of 10.5%.  These food insecure homes in the Delta lack the ability to obtain nutritious and adequate food for a healthy life. 

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The 3rd Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Delta Arts Alliance, 104 S Court Street in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Friday, October 15, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Indoor dining and To Go dining will both be available. 

“We are glad to be back in Cleveland and have the support of the Delta Arts Alliance, Junior Auxiliary and our amazing sponsors,” said Extra Table Executive Director and Clarksdale native, Martha Allen. â€œEmpty Bowls 2020 was a grand success even with the complications and safety precautions amidst covid due to our great patrons that share in our belief that no one should go hungry…food is a basic human right.”

In exchange for a $30 donation, patrons receive a delicious meal of soup, bread, dessert and a drink. Patrons also take home a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl by a DSU ceramic student or Delta potter as a reminder of the hungry people in our community whose bowls are empty. 

Extra Table is the amazing partnership launched in 2009 by well-known restaurateur Robert St. John making a difference in the lives of Mississippians by fundraising in order to stock food pantries and soup kitchens across the state with wholesome nutritious food. Today, Extra Table provides healthy, shelf stable food to over 50 food pantries and soup kitchens while serving an extended area 69 of the 82 counties in Mississippi.


Funds raised from this event will be used to provide food to Delta area food pantries and continue support of the Statesman’s Shelf,the campus of Delta State University, that Extra Table helped to open in 2019. Extra Table so proudly supports: Caring Hands-IttaBena, Clarksdale Care Station-Clarksdale, Hearty Helpings Food Pantry-Greenville, Helping Hands-Belzoni, Helping Hands-Cleveland, Robert Neil Food Pantry-Charleston, St. Vincent De Paul-Greenville, and Tutwiler Community Education Center-Tutwiler. A new addition to our Delta pantries is Lexington Food Pantry in Lexington.


“Our Extra Table’s partners are reporting a 30-50% increase in requests for food so support is critical now more than ever,” stated Robert St. John, founder of Extra Table. “Empty Bowls is a fun event. Drop by on your lunch break, celebrate the talented artists, and share a meal with a friend in order to provide a meal to a neighbor in need.”


Visit to purchase tickets and for more information visit the website or call 601-447-4667. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing healthy, shelf-stable food for Delta food pantries and soup kitchens.   


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS – Got an hour or two of free time on your hands and want to ensure this event is a success because you believe in the import work Extra Table is doing? Please sign up to volunteer – we guarantee a good time! 

Visit this link for volunteer registration:

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