For the 19th straight year the popular "Empty Bowls" event returned Friday to the Grove Plaza.

The popular Black Friday event drew hundreds of people who lined up to buy unique bowls, and to get a little soup.

Throughout the year the Idaho Foodbank collects bowls from professional and amateur artists who donate them free of charge.

Most of the bowls are sold for $10 apiece, with the proceeds going to help local families in need.

Idaho Foodbank VP of Development Morgan Wilson says the event is a fun way to raise some money and that all kinds of local groups helped pitch in.

"The bowls are donated from people across the Treasure Valley and all year round, so it’s done by community groups, churches, corporations, Girl Scout groups, you name it! They've donated these wonderful bowls so we can raise those important dollars for people in need," said Wilson.

Several local restaurants donated soup for people to enjoy with the purchase of their bowl.

The Idaho Foodbank hopes to raise over $30,000 today, and with that money they say they can provide thousands and thousands of meals for people in need.

For every $1 raised, the foodbank says they can provide one person with four meals.