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ROCHESTER, Minn. - One in six Americans faces hunger everyday according to Feeding America. An event in southern Minnesota is working to bring that number down.
The 9th annual Empty Bowls event is took place in Rochester and just being there can go a long way.
This is Laura Rasmussen's first time taking part in the Empty Bowls event and even though it is a new experience for her, she knows that what she is doing matters.
“Just knowing that the money that I'm donating could possibly be going to that kind of program makes me feel good about coming,” Rasmussen said.
While she is only getting some soup and a little bread, Rasmussen said her ticket to get in was well worth it.
“I like soup. And I like pottery too and I just thought it's just a great way to get people together and when you have a meal with someone or share a meal with someone you get talking about other things, so it's also fun to meet other people in the community,” Rasmussen said.
The Channel One Food Bank is happy to welcome those guests.
That is because purchasing just one ticket can help provide enough food for 50 meals, which is really just a small number of the total that Channel One serves. Last year they helped more than 100,000 people.
“It's really hard for people to think about the fact that they know people that are struggling with hunger and I think it's important to remember that you don't always know when someone is struggling with hunger. It could be your neighbor, someone you go to church with, friends that your kids have, someone you see at sports or school. There are people in our community that definitely struggle with hunger,” said Channel One Executive Director, Jennifer Woodford.
Attendees are also taking part in a silent auction on all kinds of bowls. That is on top of the complimentary bowl they get with their ticket.
“We have literally over one thousand bowls that people have been choosing from throughout the day, all hand painted bowls and they're all empty and that's really why we're here. It's as a reminder of all of the empty bowls that are in our community every day,” Woodford said.
The atmosphere, the people and, of course, the cause are all reasons why Rasmussen will be stopping by again next year.
“Yeah definitely, and she's been here, what, five times, so yeah, we'll be back,” Rasmussen said.
Last year's event raised nearly $40,000 dollars for the fight against hunger in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This year the goal is to exceed the $40,000 dollar mark.
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