Filling empty bowls

By Dave Sherry

Filling empty bowls

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM EDT

Johnson City, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Local residents had the chance Wednesday to be fed and fulfilled.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held their annual Empty Bowls Luncheon Wednesday at Wilson Hospital.

This is the ninth year of the event, which raises nearly $5,000 each year for the Food Bank.

Sodexo, the food service company for UHS, prepares a meal for the luncheon and the Roberson Museum's Clayworks provides handmade bowls for attendees to bring home.

"We do have folks who have been coming to every event each year for the past nine years, and they have a nice little collection of pretty bowls that they've amassed over the years," said Natasha Thompson, president and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. "And so I think people like that. It's a good reminder. It's a memento that while many of us enjoy full plates for dinner every night, there are some folks who do have empty bowls. So it's a poignant reminder."

The Food Bank will be hosting another luncheon at Binghamton General Hospital on Thursday.

Thompson says the Food Bank is grateful for the community's support, which pushes them to continue to feature similar events.