The 6th Annual Empty Bowls Event

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Feeding South Dakota hosted its annual Empty Bowls Event on Thursday.  Hundreds of guests enjoyed a bowl of warm soup at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Surbeck Center.  Every bowl of soup purchase helped sponsor the mission to end child hunger.

Guests chose from more than 500 hand-painted bowls, decorated by community members at Pottery 2 Paint. A variety of tasty soups and bread were donated by local restaurants, including broccoli and cheese and chicken tortilla soup.

Debbie Renner, Feeding South Dakota’s development associate, was excited and thankful for all the support.

“Each bowl represents what we are trying to do here, which is to fill these bowls,” said Renner.

The event helped fund Feeding South Dakota’s Backpack Program, which provides 1,800 children with a weekend food package during the school year and another 700 children during the summer who don’t have access to free and reduced school meals.

Feeding South Dakota’s CEO, Matt Gassen, traveled to the Empty Bowls Event from Sioux Falls. He had high hopes to exceed a goal of $25,000 at this year’s event in Rapid City. He shared how the money raised goes a long way.

“There are children that depend pretty heavily upon our free and reduced meals in our school systems,” said Gassen. “When the bell rings and the kids are sent home, they are often left with the struggle of trying find enough food to eat on the weekend.”

This was a one-day event; however, Feeding South Dakota works all year to eliminate child hunger and is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization.

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