Organizers with the Empty Bowl Project are putting out a call for handmade bowls, as the fundraiser prepares to mark a quarter century of helping to feed Anchorage next month.

The March 9 event, being held at the Denai'na Center, features soup in a homemade bowl and all the cornbread people can eat. It's a big fundraiser for Bean's Cafe and the Children's Lunchbox, two programs that provide nutritious meals to the community.

Lisa Sauder, the cafe's executive director, said staff are hoping to collect 1,500 bowls for this year's event. On Monday, a call for help brought dozens of people to a downtown studio run by the ARC of Anchorage to try their hand at making clay bowls.

Volunteers make bowls for the Empty Bowl Project

"None of these programs could happen without people just like the folks who are here today, making bowls," Sauder said.

Sauder said clay bowls are wonderful, but Bean's is happy to accept other kinds as well.

"We take them in all mediums. They don't have to be clay," Sauder said. "We also have the wood-turners, we have glass artists, we've had people make bowls out of records. You know, it's really symbolic of the many empty bowls that people fighting hunger in our community face."

Monday, March 4, is the deadline for delivering bowls to Bean's at 1020 E. 4th Avenue.

Tickets for the Empty Bowl Project can be purchased in advance online.

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