By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

The 2020 Foothills Empty Bowls Project is moving online this year.

Sponsored by Tech4Life Computers & Websites, the event’s bowl sale and art auction will be held on the Foothills Food Bank’s website, Individuals can bid on art and purchase bowls donated by members and friends of the Sonoran Arts League.

“We are excited to offer the bowl sale online so people can support this worthy cause and spend the time they need to bid on their favorite works of art and purchase as many bowls as they like—sight unseen of course,” says Carole Perry, the event’s founder.

The Foothills Empty Bowls Project began September 1 and runs through World Hunger Day, Friday, October 16, at 1 p.m.

“Bidders and buyers can participate 24 hours a day if they wish,” Perry says. “Each bowl comes with a gift certificate, redeemable between October 19 and October 23, for a spaghetti meal at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, a key sponsor.”

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns around the world to care for and feed the hungry in their communities. It supports food-related charitable organizations around the world and has raised millions of dollars to help end hunger.

Bowl purchasers should note that they can choose from a large selection of bowls between October 12 and October 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Foothills Food Bank, 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive, or Laughing Glass Studio, 4944 E. Sawmill Circle, both in Cave Creek.

Winning bids for the art auction will be announced after 1 p.m. October 16 on the website, and the art will be available for pickup at Foothills Food Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday, October 17, or noon to 4 p.m. Monday, October 19.

Foothills Food Bank provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Black Canyon City, Mayer, Spring Valley, Cordes Lakes, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, North Scottsdale, Rio Verde and North Phoenix.

The Sonoran Arts League is committed to advancing art and art education, with a special focus on mentoring youth with the belief that arts training helps develop the ability to focus and strengthens cognitive skills in young people. It offers a number of youth art programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.