17th Annual Empty Bowls

Robinson Center Still Ballroom

Friday, May 10, 2019  |  7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Cocktail Attire

In 2018, the Arkansas Foodbank was able to distribute over 27 million pounds to our hungry neighbors, that is 61,500 meals a day.  We are gearing up to provide meals in 2019 by presenting our 17th annual signature fundraising event, Empty Bowls. This event will feature local chefs who provide an array of delicious food from some of Little Rock’s best restaurants. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, a live and silent auction, and libations.

To purchase sponsorships, order tickets or make a donation click “order here”.

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Event Chairs

Allison Waldrip Bragg, Katie Waldrip Branscum, & Lauren Waldrip Ward

The Waldrip sisters share their passion for hunger relief in our state: “Even with such fertile farmland and significant food production, Arkansas is the second most food insecure state in the nation. Growing up on a farm, we have seen first-hand the impact that agriculture can have and we embrace the opportunity to continue that effort through this event.” 



Ben NobleVice President of Marketing and Strategy at Riceland Foods Inc.

The Arkansas Foodbank is excited to honor a valued community partner and leader of hunger relief in our state, Ben Noble, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Riceland Foods, Inc.

Feed the Need

Bridging the distance between despair and hope is at the heart of our mission.

The new facility will include the following components:

  • The ability to accept and process 2 million more pounds of food per year
  • The ability to quadruple our capacity to engage volunteers – up to 44,000 volunteers per year
  • An additional 22,100 square footage to the existing facility
  • A Volunteer Workspace
  • Warehouse Expansion
  • Additional Docking
  • A Community Space

We invite you to support our Feed the Need portion of the Empty Bowls event!

For more information, visit our Capital Campaign page.

Live Auction

    • Duck hunt with Buckshot Duck Lodge
    • Trip to Walt Disney World
    • Four course dinner for eight in the Ben E. Keith foods Test Kitchen with wine pairing from Colonial Wine and Spirits
    • Stay in Costa Rica villa
    • Live painting by Davisdrew 

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor!



Questions? Contact Hanna French at 501.569.4329