|Bradenton, FL, October 1, 2013 – The “Empty Bowls” luncheons to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18th at Renaissance on 9th, and on Saturday, October 19th, 2013, at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. For this casual luncheon, area restaurants, local businesses, and talented potters all contribute to help fight hunger in Manatee County. Tickets are $25 each and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh bread from Publix, and a delicious Grandma’s Goodies cookie.
The simple meal of soup and bread is symbolic of the hunger struggle in our community.
Empty Bowls is the primary fundraiser of the year for The Food Bank of Manatee and 100% of the proceeds stay local. The event is a way to help re-stock the shelves, which have been very bare in recent months.
“It’s always a popular event,” says Cindy Sloan, Director of the Food Bank of Manatee. “We are excited to expand the festivities to a Saturday this year, as well as Friday. The family-friendly activities planned for Saturday will ensure that guests of all ages will have a great time while supporting The Food Bank.”
The 2013 participating restaurants include: 2nd Street Bistro at Manatee Memorial Hospital, 9th Street Bistro, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Arts & Eats Restaurant & Gallery, BeachHouse Restaurant, Cedar Reef Fish Camp, Cortez Clam Factory, Fiona’s Family Restaurant, First Watch Restaurants, Kostas Family Restaurant, Jason’s Deli, Linger Lodge Restaurant, MacAllister’s Restaurant, Maria’s Family Place Restaurant, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, MTI Culinary Arts Program, Orange Blossom Catering, Panera Bread, Polo Grill & Fete Catering, Popi’s Place Too, III, IV, V & VI, Renaissance on 9th Catering, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Rosedale Golf & Country Club, Sweet Tomatoes, Tara Golf & Country Club, Truman’s Tap & Grill, Woody’s River Roo.
The benefit truly is a community event, with partners Art Center Manatee, Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, METV, and Publix Super Markets.
The event is sponsored by Neal Communities, Michael Saunders & Company – Bradenton Office, The Mosaic Company, Walgreens, ABC 7, The Manatee Herald-Tribune, and Lakewood Ranch Communities.
Tickets are $25 ($12 is tax-deductible), $10 Children (age 12 & under) and may be purchased online at foodbankofmanatee.org, by calling 941-749-0100, or at the door.
Renaissance on 9th: 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205
Lakewood Main Street: 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202
About The Food Bank of Manatee – The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 100 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens. Families in emergency situations can also receive food packages on a temporary basis, or infant care baskets if they are without the resources to care for a new baby. For information on how to donate or volunteer at the Food Bank of Manatee, go to foodbankofmanatee.org or call 941-747-FOOD.