Helping fund our mission

The work that the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center does depends on fundraising—through donations, grants and its two annual events.   Those events—the Empty Bowl Project and Painting with a Twist Parties have been extremely well attended and much acclaimed; their success is absolutely essential to the Food Pantry to fulfill its mission and to buffer the uncertainty of grant funding.

Bastrop County Empty Bowl Project

Save the date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Savor one of Bastrop’s most anticipated events: the 14th annual Bastrop County EMPTY BOWL Project on Saturday, Feb.24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention Center (1408 Chestnut St.).

Tickets are $20 per person for your choice of a pottery soup bowl decorated by local school-age artist), all the delicious soup, stew or chili you want to sample, and family favorite cookies prepared by local bakers. Children 12 and under eat free. The event includes “fan favorite” voting and a silent auction of works by local artists.

Tickets may be purchased now at or at the door on Feb. 24. Bastrop’s Empty Bowl Project is a longstanding partnership of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, the Bastrop Independent School District, restaurants and caterers throughout Bastrop County as well as local artists, cookie makers and sponsoring businesses and individuals.

In addition to showcasing the culinary talents of local restaurants and caterers, the event helps fund the Pantry’s “emergency food” program bridging the gap between the basic nutritional needs of many county residents—young, old, individuals, families—and their ability to address these needs on their own. Event proceeds, grants and donations also empower the Pantry’s efforts to inform, counsel and lift the thousands among us—one out of every seven Bastrop County residents—who are living in poverty or experiencing food emergency.

For further information about the Empty Bowl Project or the Pantry’s services, please contact the Pantry at 512-303-0033.

ebp Photo by Terry Hagerty

Painting with a Twist

It’s a great way to summon forth your inner artist AND to help the Food Pantry realize its goals: the annual “Painting With A Twist” parties leading up to the Pantry’s Empty Bowl event. While the Empty Bowl event showcases the talents of local chefs, “Painting With A Twist” provides a blank canvas for painters of all ages to try their hand and AND to show their stuff. Classes are usually held in January and February and are very well attended. Lessons are taught by a local ceramics artist and focus on use of color and painting/glazing techniques. All work will be fired thereafter and will add to the decorated bowls distributed to attendees at the end-of-February Empty Bowl event. “Twist” students, however, my claim their work—for the price of an Empty Bowl ticket.

Amplify Austin

The Food Pantry is proud to be a part of Amplify Austin’s annual “donation-a-thon”, held concurrently in Austin and in other locations to benefit the more than 600 area nonprofits in the seven counties comprising Central Texas.

Held on the first Thursday/Friday in March, the 2017 party for Bastrop County donors was hosted by Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard in downtown Bastrop.

During this year’s 24-hour fundraising effort, donations to the Food Pantry were matched dollar-for-dollar by the St. David’s Foundation. In addition to this matching program, the Foundation has been a major backer of Food Pantry’s Brown Bag senior nutrition program.

Begun in 2013, Amplify Austin is produced by the “I Live Here, I Give Here” nonprofit foundation, centered in Austin, and has generated more than $25 million for eligible Central Texas nonprofits.   For more information, please visit Contributions earmarked for the Food Pantry or for other participating nonprofits may be made throughout the year via that website.