Hundreds gathered in Amherst Monday night for a one of a kind fundraiser dedicated to ending hunger.
The Amherst Survival Center hosted its 11th annual Empty Bowls Dinner at The Pub.
During the event, guests were able to choose from a variety of handcrafted bowls made by local artists. Soup, bread, and salad were donated by 15 area restaurants and served by local celebrities.
Guests were encouraged to keep their bowl as a reminder of all of the other bowls they will have helped to fill. State Senator Jo Comerford told 22News, fundraisers such as the Empty Bowls Dinner are essential to counties in western and central Massachusetts.
“In the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district 22 percent or about 15,000 people are food insecure or hungry at any given moment,” Comerford said. “That means that institutions like the Amherst Survival Center are absolutely crucial.
More than $30,000 has been raised at past Empty Bowl dinners.
All proceeds from Monday night’s event will benefit the Amherst Survival Center and its programs.