BUTTE – Hundreds of people packed the Butte Civic Center Wednesday evening for an annual event that helps feed school kids in the Mining City.
The Empty Bowls event featured more than 1,000 handcrafted bowls that were made by artists in Butte earlier this year. People who bought a ticket got to pick their favorite bowl and then fill them with soup provided by several local restaurants.
The event raises money for the Butte Emergency Food Bank’s backpack program that provides needy school children with weekend lunches throughout the school year.
“We’re 25 minutes into it and almost all the bowls are gone,” said Mike Kujawa of the Empty Bowls Committee. “A lot of people showed up, they’re very excited, very happy with it. Probably the best bowls we’ve ever made.”
The event is expected to raise nearly $40,000 for the backpack program.