On April 29, people from all over El Paso joined together for food to help end hunger.
Mark Matthys (L) president and Laura Rayborn vice president speaking on behlaf of Empty Bowls.
The event “The Empty Bowls Event,” held by the El Pasoans fighting hunger food bank, gathered for it’s 13th year to help raise money for all 120 pantries.
The event took place at the Administrative Service Center at 9050 Viscount Blvd.
“This our 13th Empty Bowls event, it’s to bring awareness because there are a lot of empty bowls in our community over 90,000 people in the El Paso County don’t know were their next meal’s gonna come from,” said Victor Nevarez, Chief Executive Officer.
“The term is 'food insecurity' which means they're gonna have to give up something like not pay gas or not pay the electric bill to be able to buy food,” said Nevarez.
Nevarez said Empty Bowls, a grass-roots organization, was formed to fight hunger as one in four children and one in eight adults don’t know where their next meal will come from.
“Ninety-one percent of our student body is considered economically disadvantaged and they were students who were asking cafeteria staff and teachers for leftover food take home to their families,” said Ann Gonzales, Communication in Schools program coordinator at Mountain View High School.
“I am extremely grateful to the food banking its contributions for their monthly food donations and to Ruben Hidalgo and Robert Maldonado for their assistance in beginning our school pantry,” said Gonzales.
All major proceeds from the event will go to the directly to the food banks to help feed these families or individuals in El Paso, Culberson, and Hudspeth County.
The premise is simple: each individual who bought a ticket will receive a hand-crafted bowl made by local potters and craftspeople as a symbol for the many empty bowls in our community.
“All of us here at the food banker part of the puzzle to making sure no one goes hungry,” said April Rosales, Social Service Coordinator.
Along with volunteers and the college, eighteen restaurants also came out to show their support.
Restaurants like Chuy’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Crave, and Corner Bakery were ordered to prepare their prize soup and/or macaroni and cheese dishes for guest to taste and vote on.
“Feeding homeless is something that Raising Cane's is all about so whenever we have a chance to help out and give back to the community were all about it,” said Lawrence Juarez, General Manger of Raising Cane’s
Empty Bowls even snagged some major sponsors that include Chase Bank, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Tropicana Properties and Macy’s.
In addition, there was a tasting contest, a silent auction, a live auction, door prizes and a live music from the Jazz Unlimited Little Big Band.
“This event showcases creativity and is a reminder of how important it is to fight hunger and help feed the food insecure in our community,” said Mark Matthys, Board President.
For more information regarding the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and about Empty Bowls, please contact Brianna Hernandez, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at (915) 226-6918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.