The 2020 Foothills Empty Bowls Project will be held completely online this fall. While the art auction has been online for several years, this is the first time in 21 years that the bowls will also be offered online.

Both the art auction and bowl sale will be held on the Foothills Food Bank’s website,, which is sponsored by Tech4Life Computers & Websites. Individuals can bid on the art and purchase bowls donated by members and friends of the Sonoran Arts League, a key sponsor of the Empty Bowls Project.

The Empty Bowls Project is one of the nonprofit’s key fundraisers. Foothills Food Bank provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the Desert Foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Black Canyon City, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, north Scottsdale, Rio Verde and north Phoenix.

The Sonoran Arts League, a key supporter, is committed to advancing art and art education, with a special focus on mentoring youth with the belief that arts training helps develop the ability to focus and strengthens cognitive skills in young people. It offers a number of Youth Art programs for students K-12.

“We are excited to offer the art auction and bowl sale online so people can support this worthy cause and spend the time they need to bid on their favorite works of art and purchase as many bowls as they like,” says Carole Perry, founder of the event.

The online event is live now and concludes on World Hunger Day: Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m.
“Bidders and buyers can participate 24 hours a day if they wish,” says Perry. “Each bowl comes with a gift certificate, redeemable between October 19 and 23, for a spaghetti meal at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, also a key sponsor.”

Bowl purchasers should note that they will be able to choose from a large selection of bowls when they pick up their bowl(s) at one of two locations between October 12 and 16, from 12-5 p.m., Perry adds. The locations will be announced on social media and the food bank’s website.

Winning bids for the art auction will be announced after 1 p.m. on October 16, on the website. Directions for pick up of the art will be announced on social media and the food bank’s website as well.