BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — It’s Hunger Action Month and you can do your part right in the capital city to help those who remain without food.
Empty Bowls is an upcoming fundraiser in the capital city that is dedicated to raising awareness and money to fight hunger in the Baton Rouge area.
“It’s a great event to enjoy yourself, to enjoy some great soup and get something to raise awareness and make a difference in the community,” stated Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank CEO & President Mike Manning.
The tickets for the event are $22 each.
“It’s open to anybody. All you have to do is buy a ticket, and you can have a bowl of soup and a commemorative bowl to take home with you,” Manning said.
With each ticket, you get a handcrafted bowl created by local artists and volunteers.
“Well, there are a myriad of potters throughout the Baton Rouge area, a lot of artisans who participate in it. We’ve even had school kids participate. It’s really just the community making the difference,” Manning explained.
He said this event has done wonders for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and after a two-year pandemic hiatus–they want to come back better than before.
“We’re hopeful that it will come back at the levels we ended at last time. It’s kind of hard to expect that with a couple of years off. So now we’re looking at, you know, can we get as close to that as possible and if we can exceed it, that’s phenomenal,” said Manning.
When you arrive at the event, you’re going to the empty bowl, which symbolizes those who come home to an empty bowl or pantry.
“It’s to remind you constantly that people on a daily basis are dealing with having to find ways to fill an empty bowl because that’s what they’re facing at home,” Manning explained. “The real thing is to get people engaged and to really get them engaged in the issue so that they can become long-term advocates for us.”
After selecting your bowl, you can enjoy live music, and a meal — even participate in a silent auction.
“We really want to raise awareness. We’d love to raise a lot of money also to help us take that awareness and transfer it into food that we can distribute,” stated Manning.