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The combined funds raised in 16 years by the Empty Bowls event, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Lincoln, now totals more than $1 million to help feed neighbors facing food insecurity.

This year's May 29 Empty Bowls luncheon at Embassy Suites resulted in more than 358,000 meals that the Food Bank can distribute, thanks to sponsors, ticket sales and day-of donations. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can distribute almost three meals, and this year’s event raised more than $119,000.

Scott Young, the Food Bank's executive director, announced that in the Empty Bowls' 16-year history, more than 13,300 handcrafted bowls have been created for the event by Kathleen Grossman and her students at Down Under Pottery. All of the materials and time are donated to the Food Bank’s mission of alleviating hunger in southeast Nebraska.

Those who attended sampled a variety of soups from 13 local restaurants and two of the Food Bank’s partner agencies: the Gathering Place and the Salvation Army. These featured agency partners collaborated on a tasty Cheeseburger Soup, but it was the Potato Chorizo prepared by La Paz that earned the “2018 Best of Show” soup, as voted by event-goers.

Since 1982, the Food Bank of Lincoln has been committed to alleviating hunger in southeast Nebraska. To learn about Food Bank programs or other ways you can help, visit lincolnfoodbank.org.

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