This March, Empty Bowls served close to 250 bowls of soup and raised $13,000 to combat hunger. Their fundraising event, held at the Yelduz Shrine Center, marked the 10th year anniversary for the nonprofit. Volunteer Michelle Bacon says in total they have raised over $80,000 since forming the Aberdeen Empty Bowls chapter. Their funds are given to local hunger programs, such as those provided to seniors and through the Salvation Army.
Throughout the year, Empty Bowls hosts workshops at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center where participants can come in and create pottery bowls. At their fundraiser, attendees purchase one of these handmade bowls along with a soup and bread lunch. Stephanie Aas of Canterbury Deli has donated the homemade soup selections for the Empty Bowls lunch for the past 10 years. // — Jenny Roth