ROCHESTER, Minn. – A community is coming together to hopefully raise tens of thousands of dollars to fight hunger.
On Thursday, the 12th annual Empty Bowls Event was held at the Rochester Art Center. It is Channel One Regional Food Bank’s largest fundraising event.
The cost of admission gets you a meal of soup and bread as well as a hand-painted bowl to take home as a memento.
For every dollar donated, Channel One is able to provide four meals. Through this event last year, they raised $40,000. But besides raising money, the event serves as a reminder of just how many people are impacted by hunger locally.
“There are so many times, you know somebody that is dealing with a hunger issue, but you have no idea. It may be a co-worker, someone you worship with, it may be a friend of the family, something like that but you have no idea the struggles they’re going through,” explains Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One Regional Food Bank.
Channel One and its partners help provide food for around 100,000 people in southeast Minnesota.
“We are so amazingly proud of all the organizations that we partner with all throughout our region throughout southeastern Minnesota and LaCrosse to provide that hunger relief so that no body has to wonder,” she says. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of, certainly, but it’s nice to know that there are places you can go to that there are resources there for you.”