Empty bowls fill food bank
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank raised $57,715 at the 24th Annual Empty Bowl event at the Depot on April 11. The total raised since Empty Bowl's beginning in 1994 has now climbed to $1,046,562 and will put the total number of meals provided by Second Harvest from Empty Bowl proceeds to over 3.1 million.
"Once again we are amazed by the support of this 24-year event," said Shaye Moris, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's executive director. "Just when you think it's time to retire such a long-time community event, you see the support and love for this event and think, 'We just have to let it continue.' We are grateful to all those who contribute and participate. Together we'll once again put thousands of meals on the table of Northland residents in need."
After all expenses are factored in, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank will rescue and distribute enough food for over 150,396 meals for 180 Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin nonprofit programs and approximately 44,000 people in need due to Empty Bowl 2017.