SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If you're unfamiliar with River City's Food Bank annual fundraiser Empty Bowls, it's two-days of soup meals that takes place at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Restaurants, political leaders, and community members come together to celebrate the work that River City Food Bank does for the hungry in the city. The fundraiser returns Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26, with 12 of Sacramento's finest restaurants donating soup.

Preparations are already underway weeks in advance for the fundraiser. River City Food Bank and Christian Brothers High School are hosting a Bowl-a-Thon where participants create handmade bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. This year marks the 11th year students at Christian Brothers High School help make hand-crafted bowls for the event. The Bowl-a-Thon brings together students, parents, and alumni of the school to use their creativity to construct pottery that will be given out at the Empty Bowls event at the end of March.

“Each bowl represents a family, child, or senior who does not know where their next meal is coming from,” Mia Lopez, a spokesperson for River City Food Bank, said.

The participants take home the hand-crafted bowls created by local artists and students.

All proceeds of the fundraiser go to help fight hunger and food insecurity in Sacramento. The funds raised will help River City Food Bank provide programs to serve healthy food to more than 110,000 people in Sacramento.

You can make sign up to attend Empty Bowls or make a donation here

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