30th Anniversary


Crisis Bread Basket is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. The organization has provided short-term help to members of the Wimberley community for three decades. We would like to remember the last 30 years by doing what we do best, helping the Wimberley community.

30 years of neighbors helping neighbors…….

The idea for Crisis Bread Basket began in May of 1986. The hungry in Wimberley were in need of food and support, and the Wimberley community found a way to support its neighbors in need. After coming up with the idea members of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church got together with the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in June of 1986. This meeting and donations from each church started Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket.

At this time vouchers for food to a local supermarket were given out by the organization. By August, Crisis Bread Basket realized that a food voucher was not enough to help Wimberley’s residents in need. After this realization Crisis Bread Basket began giving out temporary weekly food baskets to families that needed them the most.

Today Crisis Bread Basket is continuing to improve. We have recently updated our facilities and began offering fresh food to Wimberley residents in need.

Help Us Celebrate

Crisis Bread Basket is asking the Wimberley community for $30 for 30 years per person in honor of our 30th anniversary.

Just $30 can provide 2  families of four with food staples for a month. If 300 people were to donate the Wimberley community could raise $9,000 and help 600 food insecure families get through a month without worrying about food for their children.

Join us for the Wimberley Empty Bowl – Sunday, November 13 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Santa Fe Connection – Wimberley Square

The Crisis Bread Basket is excited to partner with the Wimberley Valley Arts & Cultural Alliance for the 2nd Annual Wimberley ALIVE! Arts & Music Festival.  Wimberley Alive! will take place during the weekend of November 10-13.  The last day of the festival will feature a new event for this year called the Wimberley Empty Bowl.

“Empty Bowls” allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. In some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fiber artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, and other artists and craftspeople. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal, and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. One hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens, or to national or international charitable groups.

Empty bowl events were founded by Lisa Blackburn and Art teacher John Hartom in 1990-91 in Michigan when they joined a drive to raise charitable funds in his Michigan community. Hartom’s idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. Hartom’s students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl. During the next year, Hartom and other participants developed this concept into “Empty Bowls”.