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Empty Bowl brunch raises money to help hungry around Valley

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Sunday marked the 22nd annual Empty Bowl Brunch held at the North Side Rec Center.  The event was an effort of the Parks and Rec Department to help raise funds and awareness to fight hunger across the Chattahoochee Valley and donate to Feeding the Valley food bank.

Lisa Castile, a Cultural Arts Supervisor for the Parks and Rec Department arrived Sunday morning before 7 a.m. to prepare for this great event.  

"Our goal for the event is that we would like to have 1000 people come out today.  If we have a thousand bowls that we sell each bowl helps to feed 90 children so that would be 90,000 kids for the year," said Castile. 

The event began at 11:00 a.m. and there were over 250 people inside the North Side Rec Center by 11:30 a.m.  Tickets were $15 for adults and $5 for children.  Everyone in attendance received a hand craft bowl made throughout the year at Parks and Rec events.

"They paint the bowls and decorate them themselves we have kids that are two decorating a bowl as well as our seniors up into the 90's.  And what that does is we talk about community service and giving back all year long," said Castile. 

Regardless of your age, the event was an opportunity to enjoy a great meal spend time with friends and family and donate to a great cause.

If you were unable to make it down to the North Side Rec Center Sunday, its not too late to get your hands on a hand crafted bowl.  You can head on over to the Columbus Parks and Rec Department and pick up a bowl and donate to a great cause.

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