The Hunger Coalition is holding the ninth annual Empty Bowls event Tuesday to help raise money for hunger prevention. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Pounds speak with Empty Bowls Planning Committee member Dan Michaels.

Dan Michaels

Michaels said this is a project of the Hunger Coalition in response to the growing issue of hunger. “Nine years ago they wanted to have an event that was not only be fun for the community, but highlighted the fact that there is a food gap in St. Joe and the surrounding areas.” He said, “They thought it was a good idea to invite restaurants to come and compete for whoever has the best soup, and they would crown a champion based on whoever got the most votes. All while raising money for hunger.”

Michaels said he hopes the event continues to break records. “Last year we just barely broke $30,000. We had never raised that before, so of course we’d like to exceed that. I think we will, I look forward to seeing about $35,000 by the end of the day.”

15 to 18 restaurants will be competing to have the “best soup”. The event will be held at Wyatt Park Baptist Church in St. Joseph from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Tickets are $25.

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