The Crisis Food Center in Alton will benefit from a fundraiser Saturday, sponsored by and held at the Jacoby Arts Center.  The 4th annual Riverbend Empty Bowls Project will allow participants to take home a handmade bowl, enjoy delicious local soups, and support a good cause.  The event runs from 11am to 2pm.

More than a half dozen local restaurants and businesses have donated soups for the occasion in which a patron buys a handcrafted bowl for $20 and it's filled with the soup of your choice.  Crisis Food Center Executive Director Susan Jolley says they have seen a rise in clients over the age of 55 and under the age of 6 over the past few years.

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The soups this year will be offered by S&S Sandwich Shop, My Just Desserts, Julia's Banquet Center, State Street Market, Tony's, and Gentelin's.  Duke Bakery donates all of the rolls.

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