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      Community helps fill empty bowls for empty bellies

      The special fundraising luncheon called, Empty Bowls, is aimed at fighting hunger and supporting local agriculture in Northwest Michigan.

      Hundreds of people got the chance to taste some of the best soups that Northern Michigan has to offer, all to raise money for those in need.

      The special fundraising luncheon called, Empty Bowls, is aimed at fighting hunger and supporting local agriculture in Northwest Michigan. Nearly 1-thousand people attended the event, hosted by Fresh Food Partnership, a nonprofit program working to buy locally grown foods and then distributing them to local food pantries.

      "It helps to provide fresh nutritious food to people who are maybe facing food insecurities and are struggling to decide whether to pay their rent or buy food," said Empty Bowls Coordinator, Karen Fulkerson. "We feel strongly that everyone should have access to fresh and nutritious food. So we help our farmers by giving them a market. We purchase that food at fair market value and then make sure that our pantries are able to give that to folks in need."

      For $15, folks got the chance to pick out an empty bowl, made by local artists and community members. The bowls served as a reminder of the many empty bowls that exist in Northern Michigan.

      Soups, bread, and beverages were donated by more than 30 local restaurants and businesses.

      Organizers tell 7&4 News that they hoped to raise more than $20-thousand to be donated to the Fresh Food Partnership.

      For more information on how to get involved in Fresh Food Partnership, click here.