Soup Bowl Benefit 2018

24th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit - Sunday, February 18th, 2018, 5-7pm at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center


Soup Bowls on a table

This year the 24th annual Soup Bowl Benefit for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank will be held at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center at 5pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018. 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. Music this year will include the IU Soul Revue, Carrie Newcomer, and Supertrad (featuring Sam Bartlett and Eric Schedler).  

Tickets are available for $30 in advance at Bloomingfoods, By Hand Gallery and Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Attendees with a full-priced ticket will receive a handmade bowl, soup, bread and beverages. Tickets have traditionally sold out several weeks in advance of the event. Children's tickets for food and paper bowls will be available at the door on the day of the event for $6.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank: HHFB distributes over 4 million pounds of food each year through direct service programs and partner agencies in six south central Indiana counties. In 2017, the food bank distributed more than 4.2 million pounds of food including over 1.1 million pounds of fresh produce. Through agencies, mobile food pantries and a senior food box program, thousands of at-risk Hoosiers receive access to nutritious food throughout the year. Additional information is available at HHFB's website: or by calling 334-8374.

Background: Over 24 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. Over the years, 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 over a decade. The benefit has sold out every single year since its inception and has raised over $100,000 each year recently, largely due to the dozens of generous individuals and businesses who regularly make cash contributions and sponsorships


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