Empty Bowl fundraiser works to fill bowls for those in need


Empty Bowl 2013 (WRDW-TV)

Empty Bowl 2013 (WRDW-TV)

The Golden Harvest Food Bank partners with 350 local food pantries to get food to the thousands of people in need here in the CSRA.

Click here fore more information on the Gold Harvest Food Bank.

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, March 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The community's taste buds got a treat today at the 12th Annual Empty Bowl fundraiser while working to treat those in need of food.

"The food is delicious," said Donna Mickenns after finishing a bowl of soup at the 12th Annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser.

"It's soups, it's desserts, it's breads," said Carrie Jones, the special events manager for the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

The Augusta Jewish Community Center and the Golden Harvest Food Bank teamed up for another year to bring food to the hungry right here on our streets.

"For every dollar that Golden Harvest gets donated to them, we can distribute up to $7 worth of product," Jones said.

Making every penny count for those who donate time and money to this unique event.

First you pick you your favorite bowl. Then, you head to the luncheon for some good eats. And you keep your empty bowl to always remind you of those who have a hard time filling it."

"Last year alone, we delivered more than 14.2 million pounds of food," Jones explained.

That's just in 30 counties here in Georgia and South Carolina.

"There are people here in our community whose bowls are always empty," said Bowl Coordinator Debbie Katcoff.

Katcoff brought the Empty Bowl to Augusta 12 years ago after hearing about it at an art conference.

"I thought it was a great idea," she said. "Because, it's a way to help students help the community."

An opportunity that launched the entire community.

"I just love it, I love putting a smile on people's faces," said Devontae Roberts, a junior at Westside High School and volunteer for the event.

"I think it's a worthy cause and it's great that the community is coming together for a great cause," said Mickenns, who has lived in Augusta all her life and made this her first visit to Empty Bowl.

"It's an easy way to get the point across that people are hungry," said Empty Bowl volunteer of 12 years Paula Schwaratzman. "Even in wonderful, sunny, beautiful Augusta, Ga."

A savory way to feed the community's stomachs -- and their souls.

The Golden Harvest Food Bank partners with 350 local food pantries to get food to the thousands of people in need here in the CSRA. Click here fore more information on the Gold Harvest Food Bank.


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