Annual 'Empty Bowls' event raises money to feed community in need

Foodbank helps feed 1 in 3 people in Lompoc

Empty Bowls event combats hunger

LOMPOC, Calif. - Bowl by bowl volunteers are helping to fight hunger in Lompoc. 

"Seeing this many people, the volunteers, people helping to help the same cause it's awesome," says Devin Bergeron, a volunteer. 

It's all part of the Santa Barbara County Foodbank's 13th Annual Lompoc Empty Bowls Fundraiser.

People from all across the city and beyond are helping by giving back. 

"We care about one another it's a small town," Anita McManigal, a Lompoc resident. 

At this event, every dollar raised will help the foodbank  provide 8 meals to people in Lompoc.

People who come from all walks of life. 

"A lot of time we don't know our neighbors are in need because it's typically not something we talk about," says Darlene Chavez, Development Coordinator at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. 

With over 500 people in attendance, coordinators say this year they hope to raise about $50,000.

This is a community effort. 

"It's a great way to show Lompoc's community spirit, this has always been a community where people look out for each other and this is a natural extension of that," says Erik Talkin, CEO of the foodbank. 

"We get to help so many people this way," says McManigal.

Volunteers help to make the hand painted ceramic bowls restaurants donate the soups to fill them. 

"We provide food to 1 in 3 people in Lompoc so this fundraiser supports that need," says Chavez. 

For people like Devin Bergeron this is his first time volunteering with this. 

"Once you realize how much this means to some of the people here it really gives you a nice feeling inside," he says. 

As for everyone who came, they'll be able to take their bowls home, as a reminder that by coming together they can help combat hunger in Lompoc.

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