Buying bowls of soup to feed the hungry
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TROY, N.Y. -- Potters put their hands to work to help others in need of a meal.
1,100 bowls were created and filled with soup at the seventh annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser in Troy on Sunday.
It was held at the Italian Community Center with each bowl costing $15 a piece. There's no word yet on how much raised, but the proceeds will be split evenly among local food programs.
Two years ago, the event raised more than $29,000 for a number of groups that provide food to the needy.
"There are a lot of people who go hungry every night, even in our own community. And so this is going to help those programs that help feed those people," said Stephanie Wojtowicz, the Empty Bowls Coordinator.
13 churches, community groups and organizations have benefited from "Empty Bowls." The free soup and chowder were provided by more than a dozen local restaurants with bakeries also donating bread.