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A New Record! More than $10,000 Raised at WHS Empty Bowls Fundraiser March 29; Photos Included!

by Madison V. Fisler

March 31, 2014. On Saturday, March 29, Watauga High School once again hosted the 13th annual Empty Bowls dinner to raise money for the Hunger and Health Coalition.

“Our first year in 2002 was $1,100 and we were thrilled…in 2013 we raised $8,800 and we were thrilled…this year we’ve raised over $10,000 and still counting and we’re astounded, as the journey continues!” said Whit Whitaker, who coordinates the event each year. 

Hungry patrons purchased a uniquely designed, handmade ceramic bowl filled with locally made soup and bread for a minimum $15 donation to help raise funds for the Hunger and Health Coalition.  Bowls were created by students and local potters for guests to keep after their meals as a reminder of the hunger and empty bowls in our community and the world. 

All proceeds benefitted the Hunger and Health Coalition and its ongoing effort to relieve hunger and poverty in the area. This year’s event also featured live music and a silent auction. 

Empty Bowls Dinners started with one class project at a Michigan High School back in 1990, and today are held all over the country raising money to combat hunger.

Check out all of the empty bowls in our photos of the event.

Photos by Ken Ketchie

Patrons could choose their own handmade bowl for their meal.


Choosing bowls for their meals to benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition


Choosing one is a difficult decision


Live music kept the night lively!


Local potters and students donated their handmade efforts to the cause.


It was a long line for soup


Student volunteers ladled out soup to hungry patrons


Soups were donated by local businesses like Stick Boy Kitchen, Casa Rustica and Woodland’s Barbeque


Student volunteers serve up the soup


Watauga High School’s cafeteria was packed


Watauga High School students serve it up


The Watauga High School cafeteria was stuffed to the brim with hungry supporters


Students served up bread with the bowls of soup


Students kept diners hydrated


Students serve hungry patrons