The 3rd annual Riverbend Empty Bowls Project takes place today at Jacoby Arts Center. It's a fundraiser, and luncheon, to benefit the Crisis Food Center of Alton. 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.
Participants can then take the bowl home as a reminder of the hunger in our area and around the world. Crisis Food Center Executive Director Susan Jolley says there are many similar fundraisers for local soup kitchens and food pantries all across the country:
Again, tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door today from 11am to 2pm. The soups this year will be offered by S&S Sandwich Shop, My Just Desserts, Glendale Gardens of Alton, Gentelin's, Duke Bakery, Julia's, Aunt Sam's, and Tony's.