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Empty Bowls Project combats hunger issue in Brown County and internationally

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 28 2013 07:24:58 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

According to Good Samaritan Ministries, 1 in every 4 students in Brown County schools are at risk of hunger.

Thursday, Good Samaritan Ministries held the Empty Bowls Project at the Brownwood Coliseum to help combat the issue.

1,300 bowls were painted by community members this year for the Empty Bowls Project, providing Good Samaritan Ministries with more to give and more to receive.

Local schools, church groups, nursing homes, and many more organizations painted the bowls.

Most of the bowls were fired by Kohler in Brownwood.

Thursday, diners could pick their favorite bowl in exchange for a donation.

90% of the donations will be used to feed people in Brown County. 10% will be tithed to an organization that fights hunger on an international level.

People enjoyed a simple meal of soup, bread, and water.

The soups were donated from local restaurants and churches. There was a total of 120 gallons of soup at the event Thursday.

Michael Battenfield brought his family from Goldthwaite.

"There's not a lot of organizations that actually help the people here in the community, and I was just really excited about being able to come out and actually support a local charity. I want my kids to be a part of this and I think it's a really good deal for them, and hopefully they'll grow up and do the same," said Battenfield.

At the end of the meal, the bowls were taken home to serve as a reminder of those locally who are hungry.

Last year, $16,000 was raised through the Empty Bowls Project.