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Empty Bowl hosts annual fall community event to raise money for non-profits who address food insecurity in Cook County

Nov 09, 2023 04:15PM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Kelsey Rogers Kennedy 

By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - Nov 9, 2023

In one week, Empty Bowls: Grand Marais will be hosting its annual fall community soup feed and bake sale to raise money for Cook County non-profits that address food insecurity in the area. This year, the event will take place at Up Yonder in Grand Marais (1615 W. Hwy 61), a new location for the organization. 

The 2022 event raised over $5,000, and the organization raised over $85,000 throughout the year. Beth Kennedy, one of the event coordinators and Empty Bowls board member, told Boreal Community Media that over 27 non-profits received funds from Empty Bowls last year, and this year, they're hoping to raise even more due to the cost of food increasing. 

The US Department of Agriculture released a report last month that found 44.2 million people across the US lived in households that had difficulty getting enough food to feed everyone in 2022, which is a sharp increase from 33.8 million people in 2021. Of those 44.2 million people, 13 million include children who are experiencing food insecurity, which is a 45% jump from 2021. 

Cook County is no exception. Kennedy shared that before Governor Walz signed in the law that provides students with free breakfast and lunch earlier this year, 40% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch at Cook County Schools. Additionally, Empty Bowls received the highest number of grant applications in 2022 - higher than any other year. 

On November 16, community members are encouraged to come out and enjoy a bowl of soup from a local restaurant (or macaroni and cheese for the kids), or get some to take home. You can even purchase a bowl, designed by locals and visitors to the area as part of the David Hahn Art Days, courtesy of the Grand Marais Art Colony. 

The event will take place for lunch from 11 am - 1 pm and dinner from 5 pm -7 pm at Up Yonder (1615 W. Hwy 61, Grand Marais). During the dinner portion of the event, overflow parking is available at Cook County Home Center, across the street from Up Yonder. 

  • Kids 10 and under eat free
  • Adults: $8 per bowl
  • Take-out quarts: $15 per quart

If you're interested in volunteering for the event, visit:

To learn more about Empty Bowls: Grand Marais, visit:

Related: Cook County Empty Bowls 2022 event raises over $5,000; organization still short funds needed to fight food insecurity in county
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