Soup Bowl Benefit 2014

20th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Convention Center
Hoosier Hill Food Bank and the Bloomington community celebrate 20 years!


Soup Bowls on a table

Twenty years ago, a small group of friends invited local potters to contribute handmade bowls and held the first Soup Bowl Benefit in the basement of St. Paul Catholic Center and raised a few thousand dollars for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Several restaurants provided soup, musicians volunteered to play background music, the friends came together to set up the basement for the meal, the community filled the room and the benefit was born. 

In the two decades that followed, the benefit moved to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, to Harmony School and, then to the Monroe County Convention Center, where it has resided for almost 10 years. The benefit has sold out every single year since its inception and has raised as much as $100,000 in recent years, largely due to the dozens of individuals and businesses who regularly make cash contributions and sponsorships.

While no official tally has been made over the years, it is estimated that the total money raised by the Soup Bowl Benefit over two decades will reach approximately one million dollars this year. Importantly, this event raises the single largest annual donation to the Food Bank. This year the Hussman Foundation has awarded the Food Bank a Hunger Relief Challenge Grant for $20,000, half of which will be used for the Soup Bowl Benefit -- matching each new donation obtained up to a total of $10,000 in matching funds. This will help the Soup Bowl Benefit meet the Food Bank's large needs this year. Please see the accompanying Hunger Fact Sheet with more information.

This year the 20th annual Soup Bowl Benefit for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank will be held at the Monroe County Convention Center at 5pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Nearly 700 attendees will experience what every sell-out event has featured to date: a smorgasbord of beautiful handmade bowls, tasty soups and bread from over 25 local restaurants and great local entertainment.


Tickets will be available January 6, 2014, for $30 in advance at all 3 Bloomingfoods stores, Yarns Unlimited and the Food Bank. Attendees with a full-priced ticket will receive a handmade bowl, soup, bread and beverages. Children's tickets for food and paper bowls will be available at the door on the day of the event for $6. The event will feature a special musical performances by The Monks with Brad Leftwich, and Another Round. The event will be co-hosted by WFIU's Joe Bourne.

For further ticket or other information, please call 334-8374 and

Steven Wallace's photos from Soup Bowl 2007

Kevin Atkins' pictures from Soup Bowl 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2001

Some of the many generous Soup Bowl Benefit Potters at work

Bakehouse soup and bread