BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — After a two-year break, The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is hosting Empty Bowls, a fundraiser in honor of Hunger Action Month.
“We’ve seen a 10% increase in the number of people who need assistance from us,” Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank CEO and President Mike Manning said.
Many community members join together to bring awareness to child hunger by filling one empty bowl at a time.
“It’s really the concept of reminding people of the people who have to deal with an empty bowl on a daily basis,” Manning said.
Manning says over one in five kids deals with food insecurity in our capital region. Organizers are hoping this fundraiser will potentially help close the gap.
“And with the soup lines, they’re getting to experience what a soup line is like at a soup kitchen. So it’s a total immersion into what others have to deal with,” he continued.
With more than 300 ticket sales, Manning believes this year’s number will help tremendously. All of the proceeds from this event will be given to those fighting hunger throughout Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes.
“I think supporting the hunger and the homelessness around the world is super unique and super helpful for just everybody in this community,” Louisiana State University student Nicholas Johnson said.
They say the battle does not end here. They will continue to serve those in the community until no child is fighting hunger. If you would like to help end child hunger, more information can be found here.