The seventh annual Empty Bowls Community Luncheon raised about $45,000 for 5Citites Homeless Coalition programs and services in southern San Luis Obispo County.
Over the course of two and a half hours, more than 800 people ate soup and bread served by 30 local public servants and celebrities. They consumed more than 125 gallons of soup and dozens of loaves of bread provided by 25 local restaurants and bakeries, eating out of hundreds of handmade bowls selected from and donated by local artists and students.
Twenty-five local restaurants donated bread or at least five gallons of their signature soups, and ceramic and wooden bowls were created by a variety of professional artists, Pottery Coast and Anam-Cré pottery studios, Central Coast Wood Turners, and instructors and students at several local high schools and Allan Hancock College. Thanks to Altrusa International of Cinco Ciudades, students from Oceano Elementary and Lopez Continuation High School decorated more than 100 bowls specifically for the event.
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