Empty Bowls returns to help fight hunger in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- On Saturday the Neighbors’ Place, a non-profit food pantry and food bank, held its annual Empty Bowls fundraising event at Wausau West High School. This year organizers hope to raise more than $35,000 from silent auctions, raffles and suggested donations.

“We live in a very generous community,” stated Tom Rau, Executive Director of the Neighbors’ Place. “Today’s fundraiser has been outstanding. We had a tremendous turnout.”

More than 100 people participated in the silent auctions and raffles. All of the proceeds raised will go to support the food pantry and food bank at the Neighbor’s Place.

Those who attended also received a modest meal of soup and bread and a handmade bowl created by community members. The event started at 11 this morning and ended at two in the afternoon.

Since the first Empty Bowls fundraiser 11-years ago, more than $100,000 has been raised.

NewsChannel 7 was a proud sponsor of this year’s Empty Bowls event