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Celebrating the Arts and the Spirit of Altruism

The silent auction has become a popular staple feature of the event.

A Tradition of Generosity

On March 2007, the food bank held its first Empty Bowls fundraiser event at the Laredo Energy Arena.  Since then, the event has become a staple fundraiser event for the South Texas Food Bank.


A great portion of the funding for our programs, in particular our Kids Cafés, comes from the money we raise from our annual Empty Bowls event.  The event includes:

a dinner; a recognition to longstanding supporters of the food bank’s mission; a benefit concert and a silent auction featuring artworks from both local and regional artists.


The concert has become one of the area’s most looked

forward to events of the summer. Our past concerts have drawn audiences from all over the state and Mexico. This is in part to the emphasis we put on offering our supporters the unique opportunity of enjoying audience-favorite artists from both the past and present at an affordable price. Past performers have included legendary acts such as: Three Dog Night, America, Foreigner, The Commodores, Kansas and more.


An average of 8,000 people attend this event.

Our Honorees

Since 2009, the South Texas Food Bank has recognized outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations that have been longstanding community partners and are supporters of the food bank’s mission at the Empty Bowls celebration.


Past Honorees

2009: Arturo Benavides, Sr. 

2010: Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini

2011: Odie Arambula, Erasmo Villarreal & Galo Garcia

2012: H.E.B. Stores

2013: Lamar Bruni Vergara Foundation Trustees

2014: The Beaumont Foundation

2015: The South Texas Outreach Foundation

2016: Guadalupe & Lilia Martinez Foundation

* Empty Bowls I & II did not have honorees. The tradition of an honoree started in 2009 for Empty Bowls III.

The Art

The Cause and the Arts come together at Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is a great way in which we can bring together two causes: fighting hunger in our area and celebrating art and culture, and nothing reflects this more than our silent auction, which has become a staple of the event.


Our supporters look forward to the unique and beautiful works of art. 

Past silent artwork auction artists have included  Amado Peña, Armando Hinojosa, Arturo Nochebuena, Pancho Farias, Cuate Santos, Daniel Maltzman, David Grizzle to name a few.

The Music

The Empty Bowls Concerts have featured audience-favorite artists from both the past and present.

Past Headliners

Empty Bowls I (2007):

Efrain "Happy" Guerrero and the Joe Guerra Jazz Band 

Empty Bowls II (2008):

Efrain "Happy" Guerrero and the Joe Guerra Jazz Band 

Empty Bowls III (2009):


Empty Bowls IV (2010):

Three Dog Night

Empty Bowls V (2011):

Christopher Cross

Empty Bowls VI (2012):

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Empty Bowls VII (2013): 

The Jefferson Starship

Empty Bowls VIII (2014): 

The Commodores

Empty Bowls IX (2015): 


Empty Bowls X (2016):

Grand Funk Railroad

Empty Bowls XI (2017):

Los Lonely Boys

Empty Bowls XII (2019):

Calle 8 Band

Empty Bowls XiII (2022):

Los Lobos

Empty Bowls XV (2022):

Kevin Fowler & Roger Creager


The Community

Easily one of the most important parts of Empty Bowls, is ensuring the communities we serve receive the assistance they need; a mission made possible thanks to the help of our amazing sponsors and donors. Our clients are the reason we do what we do. Click below to witness Ms. Hernandez's story and her experience as a client with the South Texas Food Bank. 

For More Information:

Angie Osterman, Sr. Marketing Specialist/Regional Marketing Liaison

956-726-3120 Ext. 100

Alex Carraman, Marketing Specialist

956-726-3120 Ext. 117

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