(09/24/13) - This Thursday, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint transforms into an all-out restaurant and art fair featuring all you can eat soup, donated by more than 30 Mid-Michigan restaurants.
"It's my favorite event of the year. It's at the Food Bank, and when people come in, for $20, they select a hand-created bowl," said Tracy Fowler-Johnston, of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
It's all part of the twenty-third annual Empty Bowls, the Food Bank's biggest single day fundraiser of the year. Last year's function brought in more than $35,000.
"It's grown every year, and keeps getting larger and larger. It's a community that has needs, and this is one way of helping a lot of people. Last year, I think we supplied 260,000 meals just by making bowls," said Guy Adamec, of the Flint Institute of Arts.
Around 1,200 bowls have been made for Thursday's lunch and dinner sessions, which features live music and other entertainment. Finishing touches were being put on the bowls by Flint Institute of Arts students early Tuesday morning.
"People really love this project. It's a way that potters can contribute and do something good for their community," Adamec said.
The Food Bank will also have a handful of items to raffle and auction off.
"We have a handmade wooden wine rack on top of other types of artistry, and then we have some celebrity signed pieces. We have Brad Paisley, we have Sinbad. I'm actually going to pick up some of the Red Wings today," Fowler-Johnston said.
All of the proceeds go toward helping the Food Bank provide assistance for people in 22 counties across Mid-Michigan.
"Everybody wins. Everybody gets a neat bowl. The soup is donated, and then we feed a whole lot of hungry people, so that's what's really cool about it," Fowler-Johnston said.
Empty Bowls runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, on Lapeer Road in Flint.
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