Big Idaho Foodbank fundraiser works to fill empty bowls

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Big Idaho Foodbank fundraiser works to fill empty bowls


by Justin Corr

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Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:12 PM

BOISE -- The Idaho Foodbank distributed $8.9 million pounds of food or 6.9 million meals last year.

But Friday on The Grove, they distributed bowls.  It is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Idaho Foodbank.

"I've done this in years where it's snowing, raining, and we still get a huge line. The community is so supportive of this event, it's amazing," said Shauna Stonehocker, Idaho Foodbank event coordinator.

This is the 14th annual Empty Bowls event.  The Idaho Foodbank spends months collecting hand-crafted bowls donated by schools and amateur, and professional artists.

For $10, people can buy one of the unique bowls and fill it with soup from a local restaurant.

"It's easy to help out this way. It's totally painless," said Kim Leeds who was buying a bowl.  "Plus, you get a cool bowl when you're done. So, that helps."

Greg Short also bought a bowl Friday afternoon, "What a wonderful cause to come down for, this is fantastic. Have you looked at the bowls? Fantastic. The artists are creative. It's just a fantastic thing to come to."

The money goes to help feed Idaho's less fortunate.  Selling the empty, artsy bowls will help to fill other bowls for people who would otherwise go hungry.

"Not everyone has full bowls. A lot of people have empty bowls. One-in-six Idahoans don't know where their next meal is going to come from," Stonehocker explained.  "It's just a ten dollar donation, but that has a huge impact for us at the Idaho Foodbank.  We can leverage every dollar three times.  Just one dollar provides three meals.  So when you think about a $10 bowl, you're providing thirty meals for someone who's hungry in Idaho."

"They're people just like us," said Short.  "They're wonderful people that just need a break."

The Idaho Foodbank is just one of the organizations taking part in 7Cares Day this year.

We will be collecting donations for the Idaho Foodbank, the Boise Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, and Jubilee House.  Donation centers can be found outside our studio in Boise, at the Idaho Center in Nampa, and the Fred Meyer in Twin Falls on December 10.

You can also make a $10 donation to the 7Cares fund by texting "7Cares" to 50555.

Those donations will be split equally between the four organizations.