Organizers of the Empty Bowl Project continued preparing for the annual fundraiser by picking up more than 400 wooden bowls Monday afternoon. 

The Empty Bowl Project raises money for Bean’s Cafe and The Children’s Lunchbox by selling the bowls and a meal to fill them at the event.

The bowls that were picked up Monday were made by members of various Alaska woodworking groups.

Bill Poole, vice president of the Alaska Woodturners Association, says it’s a chance for his organization to do something they enjoy and help raise money for charity at the same time.

“It’s for a good cause,” Poole said. “We enjoy doing it, giving back to the community.”

The Empty Bowl Project accepts all types of handmade bowls, from wooden to ceramic to glass, and even unconventional materials like records.

The event usually requires about 1,500 bowls in total.

The 25th Annual Empty Bowl Project is Saturday, March 9 at the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased through the Bean's Cafe website.