Northlanders Feed the Hungry With Empty Bowls
Posted at: 04/16/2013 4:05 PM
| Updated at: 04/16/2013 8:24 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
It's an event 20 years in the making. Each year the Empty Bowl event, put on by the Northern Lakes Food Bank, takes a big bite out of hunger.
"Through the event we feed 44,000 people annually," Northern Lakes Food Bank Executive Director Shaye Moris said. "We know, since it's beginning back in 1994, we've put 3.8 million meals on the tables for Northland residents in need."
Moris said the event, held at The Depot in Duluth, usually raises about $57,000 and her team is hoping to hit that mark again.
The fundraiser makes money by selling hand-crafted, donated bowls. There is also soup donated by Northland businesses.
"I love what it represents," Cindy Boziecevich, from Britt, said. "We are actually doing something and buying something for people who are less fortunate."
There were hundreds of bowls to choose from at the event. Each one unique and made by a different group of Northland people.
"The kids love to eat the soup, look at the bowls," Paul Helstrom, of Duluth, said.
Organizers said about 40 percent of hungry people in the Northland are kids, and that hits home for Helstrom.
"I can't even imagine not being able to have a meal with my kids or kids not having meals," Helstrom said.
The event started at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 6:30 p.m.