Bowls for hope 2016

Soups featured by area restaurants at the Bowls for Hope event at UW-River Falls March 8, 2016. The event raised $6,000 for Assistance Resource Center, Inc. Since its inception in 2010, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $40,000 for local charitable organizations.

Bowls for Hope

8th Annual Bowls for Hope event to benefit the Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County

Hunger Prevention

Each March the University of Wisconsin-River Falls works with the community to raise funds through the Bowls for Hope event where proceeds raised help a worthy organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. This year, Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County – Moolah for Milk program has been selected as the benefiting organization. 

"The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County – Moolah for Milk program is honored and excited to be chosen as the 2017 charity recipient of the Bowls for Hope event," said Jeff Bealles, coordinator, Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County.

The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing hunger and inadequate nutrition in Pierce County through service, education, communication, and coordination. The Moolah for Milk Program annually provides thousands of milk coupons, redeemable for a free gallon of milk from area grocery stores, to individuals and families in need throughout Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Free milk coupons are distributed to clients in area food pantries and are also included in school backpack programs.

"Fresh dairy is a vital source of vitamins and nutrients, and an ingredient in many recipes. It's a high priority for our pantries to make it available to everyone and the Bowls for Hope funding will go a long way to ensuring this.  We're very appreciative," Bealles said.

For more information on the Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce count – Moolah for Milk program, visit

The 2017 Bowls for Hope event is Tuesday, March 7, from 5-7 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom at UW-River Falls.

Bowls for Hope Event
For an entrance fee of $25/adult and $5/children age 12 and under, participants may select and keep a bowl created in ceramic, pottery, fibers and wood classes at UWRF, River Falls High School, Meyer Middle School, the Renaissance Academy, or by area artists. Attendees may also sample, at no extra charge, soups donated and served by area restaurants. Guests have the opportunity to vote for their favorite soup. We will once again be awarding a "Chefs' Choice Award" for the soup favored by the chefs participating in the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce, 215 West Maple Street, UWRF Chancellor's Office in 116 North Hall or the University Center information desk on campus. For questions in regards to advanced ticket sales, call 715-425-3201. Tickets will also be available at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance will guarantee a bowl.

Participating Restaurants
Belle Vinez, Bo's 'N Mine, Copper Kettle, Kilkarney Hills, Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery, River Falls Area Hospital Dining Services, Kinni View Deli at Riverwalk Square, Selah Vie, South Fork Café, UWRF Chartwells Dining Services, West Wind Supper Club, and Whole Earth Grocery.

2017 Soup Winners  
Guests voted for their favorite soup of the evening and the winner of the People's Choice Award went to Kinni View Deli at Riverwalk Square's White Chicken Chili. The Restaurant owners and chef's also voted for their favorite of the night. The winner of the Chef's Choice Award was the Egyptian Red Lentil Soup from Copper Kettle.

Artists Contributing Bowls
Marilyn Anderson, Donna Badje, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Bob Brodersen, Roger Evans, Cathi Herriman, Jay Jensen, Randy Johnston, Jennifer King, Michael Luethmers, Pat McCardle, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Wendy Olson, Doug Peterson, S.C. Rolf, Scott Zeinert, Rhonda Willer's ceramic classes at UWRF, Renaissance Academy classes taught by Kyle Stapleton, River Falls High School pottery classes taught by Gina Pedriana-Basche, and Kelyn King's class at Meyer Middle School.

For further information, email Mary Van Galen at



Open to the public!

2018 Event Information

Tuesday, March 6
5-7 p.m.
Riverview Ballroom,
University Center
UW-River Falls


Admission:  $25 per adult,
$5 per child 12 and under.

Tickets available at the door!