Bradenton, FL- October 23, 2017 – The 17th Annual “Empty Bowls” luncheon to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 2nd, at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton, and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, November 3rd, 2016, at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Area restaurants donate 5 gallons of soup and local businesses and talented artists contribute to give hunger hope at this luncheon. The symbolic meal of soup and bread demonstrates that together, we can fill the empty bowls of our neighbors in need.
Tickets are $25 each for general admission and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert. VIP tickets are $50 and give early admission and access to a special selection of bowls.
Empty Bowls is the primary annual fundraiser benefitting The Food Bank of Manatee and 100% of the proceeds go directly back to the program. The Food Bank of Manatee is the Feeding America food bank and the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 115 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens.
“Not only is it such an enjoyable event that people look forward to every year, it is also such a meaningful luncheon as the attendees help us to “fill” the bowls of those in need,” said Maribeth Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels PLUS.
This event would not be possible without the help of our event sponsors and annual partners.
Tickets are $25 ($12 is tax-deductible) at www.foodbankofmanatee.org or at the door at the following two locations:
Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Renaissance on 9th • 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Friday, November 3, 2017, at Lakewood Main Street • 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202
About The Food Bank of Manatee – The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 100 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens. Families in emergency situations can also receive food crisis intervention packages on a temporary basis, or infant care baskets if they are without the resources to care for a new baby. For information on how to donate or volunteer at the Food Bank of Manatee, go to foodbankofmanatee.org or call 941-747-FOOD.