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 Bowl’d Strokes Against Hunger 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.

Bastrop County Empty Bowl Project

Tickets are $25 per person for your choice of a pottery soup bowl decorated by local school-age artists), all the delicious soup, stew or chili you want to sample, and family favorite cookies prepared by local bakers.  

The soups, stews and chili served showcase the talents of some of the Bastrop area’s best restaurants and caterers.  It’s a “battle of the ladles” in which the chefs will be vying for “best” bragging rights. Celebrity judges will tag “bests” in each category, and attendees will vote their “fan favorite”.   The event is produced by the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry in partnership with the Bastrop Independent School District, restaurants and caterers through the county as well as local artists and other silent auction donors, cookie makers, and sponsoring businesses and individuals.

Proceeds help fund the Pantry’s “emergency food” program bridging the gap between the basic nutritional needs of residents across the county—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 up the thousands among us—more than one out of every seven Bastrop County residents—who are living in poverty and facing food insecurity and poor nutrition.


Join us November 11, 2023 from 11:00 am -1:30 pm at SPJST Lodge 702 State Highway 95 Elgin, TX 78621.

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.