PHOENIX (KSAZ) - This weekend at As You Wish pottery locations, painting a bowl means helping feed the hungry.
"Customers can come in, buy a bowl, it's $10. We're waiving studio fees, which is awesome. So they can come in with friends, family, paint and just have a magical time at As You Wish. And then we're going to take the bowls and donate them to Tempe Empty Bowls for their event in February," said Erin Seematter, the District Manager of As You Wish.
The company paired up with Tempe Empty Bowl, a volunteer-based organization that's been helping the hungry for the last 17 years.
"It's very fulfilling when you look at the numbers. $200,000 in the money we have raised equates to 4 meals per dollar. So that's like 800,000 meals that we have provided for the Tempe community," said Connie Schultejans, the committee chair of Tempe Empty Bowls.
From Saturday through Monday, people are invited to join in, get creative and help out those who are food insecure.
"We are excited to do something that helps the community, especially something local for us," Seematter said.
The bowls are sold at two different locations in February, giving local artists a chance to show off their stuff, as well as have the money stay local.
"The United Food Bank and TCAA both serve the local Tempe community, so it's really important for us, with the money that we raise, stay within our community and help the people here in Tempe," Schultejans said.
And even if you're not a Picasso, the staff at As You Wish say it's more about the thought/
So they can come in and paint it as they wish, which is awesome. We have tons of really great things that people can use, super fun techniques, different tools they can use in the studio," Seematter said.
The empty bowls will be on sale on February 23 and February 24.