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Empty Bowls, Full Bellies: Soup Luncheon Raises Thousands for Hunger Relief
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 24, 2013 @ 11:37AM
Created on February 23, 2013 @ 7:17PM

There were lots of things going on Saturday that focused on community.  Probably the biggest was the annual Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon.

Empty Bowls is a world-wide project, but began locally about six years ago at the First Presbyterian Church in Morgantown. Since then, the event has grown so much, they keep having to move it to bigger buildings.

About 1,500 people crammed into the Hazel Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park on Saturday to raise money for the event. That money will go to buy food for local food pantries.

There's a special meaning behind the bowls that hold the soup, and organizers hope you hear that message.

Corey Farris is the Chair for Empty Bowls of Mon Co.  He said, "What the bowl does is, you come here, you have soup, a simple meal of soup and bread and cookies and water and coffee. It's a very simple meal, but when you take the bowl home with you, what we hope it does is, it reminds people every time they use that bowl at home, that there are people with an empty bowl and not enough food."

He added, "And so, maybe throughout the year they may give money to a soup bank."
And from the local artists that make the bowls, to the 220 volunteers at the event, it's clear there's a strong sense of community in Morgantown.

Sheriff of Mon Co. Al Kisner said, "When we need to support our hungry folks that are in the community, we come together. It's just a wonderful community of givers, and that's a tradition that we're known for here in Monongalia County."

Since Empty Bowls began, it's raised more than $104,000 just in our state and millions nationwide.

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