Helping fund our mission

The work that the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center does depends on fundraising—through donations, grants and its two annual events.   Those events—the Empty Bowl Project and Painting with a Twist Parties have been extremely well attended and much acclaimed; their success is absolutely essential to the Food Pantry to fulfill its mission and to buffer the uncertainty of grant funding.


This year’s Elgin Empty Bowl Project was a great success! Read about the 2018 event here.

Communities throughout the U.S. have adopted the “empty bowl” theme as a springboard to educating the public about poverty and to funding local efforts to identify and meet head-on the causes of poverty and to alleviate the food uncertainty of those living in poverty or on the precarious edge of poverty in their communities.

This Elgin event, raises critically needed funds to meet the need, provides attendees an opportunity to sample soups, stews and chilies prepared by some of Elgin’s best chefs in a “battle of the ladles” for bragging rights.  Celebrity judges will tag “bests” in each category, and attendees will vote their “fan favorite”. Each ticketed attendee will also take home a ceramic soup bowl, hand decorated and designed by Elgin ISD students.

Bastrop County Empty Bowl Project

Save the date: Saturday, February 23th, 2019

Savor one of Bastrop’s most anticipated events: the 14th annual Bastrop County EMPTY BOWL Project on Saturday, Feb.23 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention Center (1408 Chestnut St.).

Tickets are $20 per person for your choice of a pottery soup bowl decorated by local school-age artist), all the delicious soup, stew or chili you want to sample, and family favorite cookies prepared by local bakers. Children 12 and under eat free. The event includes “fan favorite” voting and a silent auction of works by local artists.

Tickets will be available online and at the door the day of the event. Bastrop’s Empty Bowl Project is a longstanding partnership of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, the Bastrop Independent School District, restaurants and caterers throughout Bastrop County as well as local artists, cookie makers and sponsoring businesses and individuals.

In addition to showcasing the culinary talents of local restaurants and caterers, the event helps fund the Pantry’s “emergency food” program bridging the gap between the basic nutritional needs of many county residents—young, old, individuals, families—and their ability to address these needs on their own. Event proceeds, grants and donations also empower the Pantry’s efforts to inform, counsel and lift the thousands among us—one out of every seven Bastrop County residents—who are living in poverty or experiencing food emergency.

For further information about the Empty Bowl Project or the Pantry’s services, please contact the Pantry at 512-303-0033.

ebp Photo by Terry Hagerty

Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger Elgin

Friday, July 27, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm – at The Clever Tiger (32 N. Main Street, Elgin, Texas)

The Clever Tiger in wonderful downtown Elgin is excited to host a bowl painting party for the Elgin Empty Bowl Project. Join us and others as we create our own unique hand painted bowls for the Elgin Empty Bowl Project. Tickets are $20 and includes catering by Dinner INC. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at July’s Sip, Shop, and Stroll event on July 12th from 5:30-7:30pm in downtown Elgin. The Empty Bowl committee members will have a table set up outside the Edward Jones office on Main Street in Elgin. For any additional information or questions please call the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry at (512) 303-0033.

Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger

It’s a great way to summon forth your inner artist AND to help the Food Pantry realize its goals: the annual “Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger” parties leading up to the Pantry’s Empty Bowl event. While the Empty Bowl event showcases the talents of local chefs, “Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger” provides a blank canvas for painters of all ages to try their hand and AND to show their stuff. Classes are usually held in January and February and are very well attended. Lessons are taught by a local
ceramics artist and focus on use of color and painting/glazing techniques. All work will be fired thereafter and will add to the decorated bowls distributed to attendees at the end-of-February Empty Bowl event. Students, however, my claim their work—for the price of an Empty Bowl ticket.