Southport hosts "Empty Bowls" event for hungry people

By Kristy Ondo - bio|email

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Nearly 1,000 people participated in the Associated Artists of Southport sponsored an "Empty Bowls" event Wednesday.

Local restaurants are providing their best soups, and the artists are providing the handmade bowls as part of World Hunger Week.

Led by Kimberly Smittle-Caroon, local potters and painters have worked for an entire year to make about 800 of the 1,000 bowls that will be used at the event.

"I think this day and time with the recession, I think it's really important to give back to the community," said Smittle-Caroon. "It gives you a really nice feeling of accomplishment. The food pantries are depleted, and this is going to help supply a lot of money to restock those food pantries."

For $12, participants got hot soup and a drink, in addition to a handmade bowl made by the local artists.

Volunteers said they're proud to be part of a community that's so intent on feeding the hungry.

"I think there's a tremendous awareness of need throughout the country and particularly here Brunswick County," said volunteer Bille Marzullo.  "There are more than 6,000 people on the roll of the Brunswick food bank, and they serve and work with 350 people on a daily basis."

More than $1,200 was raised and will go toward the Southport-Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry.

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