|WHO: The Food Bank of Manatee, ArtCenter Manatee, Publix Supermarkets, and over 16 local restaurants.
WHAT: With the purchase of a $20.00 ticket ($10.00 is tax-deductible), guests are invited to choose from over 1,000 handcrafted bowls, and enjoy a lunch of delicious soups provided by local restaurants with fresh bread from Publix. The symbolic meal of soup and bread demonstrates that together, we can fill the empty bowls of our neighbors in need.
WHEN: Thursday, October 18 at Renaissance on 9th (1816 9th Street West) in Bradenton and Friday, October 19 on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. The hours for both events are 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
WHY: As the largest fundraiser of the year for The Food Bank of Manatee, this event helps the organization to continue providing food for the hungry children and families in our community. Proceeds from Empty Bowls 2012 will be used to help stock the shelves with non-perishable goods, and to purchase much-needed perishable foods for emergency food baskets.
CONTACT: For further information please contact Kristen Theisen at 749-0100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit www.foodbankofmanatee.org for additional information on the Food Bank of Manatee or Meals on Wheels PLUS.