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World hunger reflected in Empty Bowls

The 10th annual Empty Bowls event took place last week at St. John Lutheran Church in Waseca County, Minnesota, an event which serves as a reminder to local residents that world hunger is a real issue that requires our attention and energy.

Those who attended the event received a modest meal of soup and bread as well as a bowl of their choosing, which they kept after the event as a reminder of empty bowls around the world, the Waseca County News reports.

The tradition began 10 years ago when a local high school art class made ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal, wherein guests followed these same procedures.

The event also featured a silent auction of items, which included several vintage bowls. The bowls and the meal cost participants $20 each.

Cindy Coy of the local Neighborhood Service Center told the news source that the concept has since caught on nationwide.

Similar Empty Bowls projects are set to take place across the country this year in states such as Michigan, Florida, New York, and California. Over the years the organization has raised millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations, according to the Empty Bowls official website, which states its mission to "help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist."

There are 925 million hungry people in the world in 2010, according to WorldHunger.org.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls initiatives typically benefit local or international organizations working to end hunger in communities around the world. The Empty Bowls event in Brantford, Canada raised over $8,000 for its local food bank, reports the Brantford Expositor.
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