I don’t see any bowls available. What should I do?
Demand has been overwhelming for my bowls since I began this project. I have a limited amount of time to dedicate to turning new bowls, so I ask for some patience. You can subscribe to our newsletter or you can like or follow the Bowls for Food Facebook page where I post when new bowls are available. Check back to the available bowls page and see if something has been listed. Please wait until you see a bowl available. I am unable to take requests, reservation, or pre-orders.
How do I get a bowl? What is the process?
- Check the available bowls page for a bowl that you can adopt.
- Click the “add to cart” button and go through the checkout process.
- Enter the shipping address and complete the checkout.
- You will receive an email with instructions on where to send your proof of donation.
- Make a donation to the food bank or food pantry of your choice and email a copy of the receipt to the address specified in the email.
- I will pack up and ship the bowl within a week.
I already made a donation, can I still get a bowl?
First, thank you for your generosity and understanding of food insecurity. I ask people to make a donation in addition to what they have already given when adopting a bowl. The goal is to prompt people to do more than they would have otherwise, so I am not accepting previous donations.
Can you make a salad bowl? Are your bowls food safe?
The largest bowl I can make on my lathe is about eleven inches, which is usually too small to be a salad bowl. I put several coats of furniture finish on my bowls, so they are as food safe as a typical dining table. The bowls are not heavy duty, however, and are usually more for decoration or fruit storage.
How much is the suggested donation?
Most of the bowls have a suggested donation of between $100 and $200. You can always donate more, and the food bank will be helped even more!
I saw a bowl I liked. Can you make another one like it?
Due to overwhelming demand I can’t keep track of all the requests that come in. You can still request something, and it might inspire me to make another of that style if I have the proper woods, but I can’t reserve it for you.
Can I support Bowls for Food directly?
Thank you so much for the thought. The time, effort, and money I put into this project is my contribution to helping with food insecurity. I try to keep the donations flowing where they are most needed, which is local food banks and food pantries.
I have some trees or wood, could you use them?
I have a very limited amount of storage space for wood to dry, which typically take a year. As a result, unless it is a burl or some otherwise unusual wood, I cannot take wood donations.