SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County hosted the 20th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser in Santa Barbara on Sunday.
The yearly event raises awareness about hunger and food insecurity throughout the community.
For $30, guests selected a handcrafted ceramic bowl and ate gourmet soup and homemade artisan bread.
The hope is that eating the modest meal will encourage residents to help feed those who may be struggling to find their next meal.
The event also featured a raffle and silent auction with prizes donated by local businesses.
Bread, soup and the handcrafted bowls were also donated by local restaurants and community members.
Keld Hove of the City of Santa Barbara Police Department donated 40 loaves of bread. Hove said he wanted to donate last year but was to late. His donation fed over 800 people. Hove teaches a bread making course at Santa Barbara City College.
For more information on Hoves Loaves visit his Facebook Page.
For more information about the Empty Bowls fundraiser and other ways you can help defeat hunger in the community, visit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County online.