Empty Bowls Drive-thru 

Empty Bowls is an annual event to raise critical funds for services that ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential.  This fun family-friendly outing is needed more than ever due to the pandemic, and will be a drive-thru experience to meet Covid-19 safety standards.


Empty Bowls Drive-thru Event Highlights Include:

  • Three “to-go” selections of soup from the best Baltimore restaurants;
  • a pre-selected hand-crafted bowl;
  • giveaways;
  • entertainment along the drive route for the entire family with the Craig Satchell Band and Picture Perfect Muzic LLC.

If you cannot attend, you can still make a difference and donate to this great cause!


APRIL 10, 2021

1:00 P.M – 4:00 P.M

Tickets are no longer available.

For more information email emptybowls@vincentbaltimore.org


Important Ticket Holder Information

Thank you for your support our Empty Bowls Drive-thru Event.  Due to the pandemic, this year will be a drive-thru experience to meet Covid-19 safety standards.  We are excited to host this fun family-friendly outing!  Read on below for everything you need to know to plan for a great drive-in Empty Bowls experience!

Date:    Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Time:  1PM – 4PM

Location:  Maryland State Fairgrounds | 2200 York Road | Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

ENTRY TO THE EVENT:  Please enter the Maryland State Fairgrounds from the YORK ROAD MARQUEE ENTRANCE. The Marquee Entrance is the first entrance to the fairgrounds on York Road if you are traveling north and the second if you are traveling south. It is located across from The Timonium Square Shopping Center, the turn into the fairgrounds is across from Starbucks and First Watch. Once you’ve entered, please form a single line of cars to start the Drive-Thru experience!

TICKETS:    Ticket holders can start arriving at 1:00pm.  Your soup and bowl have been reserved!  There will be plenty of soup and bowls for everyone, so you can arrive ANYTIME between 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  Drive to the check-in table and give your name.  If you have your printed ticket, please have that ready for us to scan.  This event is for ticket holders only.

MASK COURTESY:   Face masks or coverings are required when your car windows are rolled down. Please be courteous and mask up as this recommendation is for the health and safety of all attendees.  We thank you for your cooperation!

PRE-SELECTED SOUP & BOWLS:  Due to Covid-19, this year’s participation will be limited to pre-selected soup and bowls only.  Additional soup is not available for purchase this year.

Please drive through slowly and follow the path carefully.  Thank you for your cooperation and support!  Please contact emptybowls@vincentbaltimore.org if you have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are your Covid precautions?

    St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore places your safety, and the safety of our volunteers, as our highest responsibility. Our 2021 event will be an open air Drive-Thru experience to adhere to COVID safety protocols adapted from CDC recommendations. All food has been prepared in professionally licensed kitchens, and all event staff will be required to wear masks throughout the event. Additional masks, gloves & hand sanitizers will be readily available for staff and guests.

    If you have any questions regarding our protocols, or our event in general, please feel free to reach out to St. Vincent de Paul at LaTasha.Fisher@vincentbaltimore.org or 443-939-8576.

  • Will I be able to purchase tickets and soup on site?

    No, in order to have the appropriate amount of soup on site, we ask all tickets be purchased ahead of time and there will be no soup available for purchase on site.  Only pre-selected to-go soups.

  • Are the soups dietary friendly?

    With the purchase of your ticket, you will be able to select the option of gluten free, vegetarian or vegan soups.

  • Can I schedule another time to pick up my soup?

    We are only permitted to hand out soups day of the event 1pm-4pm. If you are unable to pick it up during this time frame, your purchase will be donated to our local shelter.

  • What if I don't drive? Can I still participate?

    We would still love to have you! You can still purchase your tickets, then email giving@vincentbaltimore.org so that we can schedule a time to meet you at the front gate to pick up your soup!

  • Are there opportunities to volunteer?

    We are grateful for the loyal support of our Empty Bowls volunteers, some of which have been helping for more than 10 years. Please know that the change in event style does not require volunteers. We plan on being back to our normal format next year. In the meantime, a ticket purchase or donation would be greatly appreciated.

  • I’m not comfortable attending events at this time. How can I help fight hunger in our community?

    St. Vincent de Paul remains committed to ending hunger all year round. Since last March, we have served over 1.5 million meals. A donation of $100 in support of providing meals in our community.

You can be part of the solution.