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Empty bowls fill food bank

Lake Superior College nursing student Sarah Tellinghuisen serves a cup of tomato basil soup as she volunteers at Empty Bowl on Tuesday. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)1 / 4
Cindy Cerio and Libby Gaalaas examine one of the hundreds of bowls created for the Empty Bowl fundraiser. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)2 / 4
Gary Johnson of the Lake Superior Woodturners demonstrates woodturning outside of the Empty Bowl event at the Depot on Tuesday. The woodturners donated several bowls and spoons to the silent auction and had an outdoor booth to demonstrate their work. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)3 / 4
Cindy Cerio and Libby Gaalaas examine one of the hundreds of bowls created for the Empty Bowl fundraiser. (Photo by Teri Cadeau)4 / 4

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.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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