19th Annual Empty Bowl Project

For 19 years the City of Austin has fought to end childhood hunger. Over the course of that time, organizers of the Empty Bowl Project have received help not only from the community but also beyond.

"The first year we had like 400 bowls and this year we've got over 4,000 bowls." Hester Weigand, co-director of the Austin Empty Bowl Project said. "So it's gotten a little bit bigger, the first year there were a couple hundred people that came and this year we expect over 2,000"

The yearly event features over 300 volunteers including many from the FOX 7 team all doing their part to help the cause.

"It's hard to believe that there are hungry children among us and i believe the number is one in four. when you know that there are that many kids that need meals," Dennis de la Pena, FOX 7 Sports Director, said. "I don't know how you can't get out to this event. it's just awesome. good soup, good people, warm hearts, love it."
For people such as Kelsey Porter, who has been to the last six Empty Bowl Projects, she said this is a can't miss event for her and her family.
"Every November I make sure that we mark our calendar," Porter said.
For new Austinites David and Elizabeth Vega, the 2015 project is their first. What they found truly amazed them.
"I didn't expect it to be so crowded." Elizabeth Vega said, "It's really nice to see so many people."
Her husband, David, said events such as this are a big reason they moved to Austin from Los Angeles.
 "It feels like a small town but its not and everybody really gets together when there is a cause and its important. I love that about Austin," he said.
All of the money raised is divided and donated to  the Capital Area Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Last year, the Empty Bowl Project raised more than $85,000.
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