Just like everything else this year, the annual Empty Bowls event is evolving.

Not EVERYTHING is canceled and if there's one organization that needs the extra help this year, it's the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Empty Bowls is an event that happens every September (which happens to be Hunger Action month). Local artists and artisans create gorgeous, handmade bowls through the Flint Institute of the Arts. People come from all over the purchase the bowls, along with soup, to help fund the Food Bank.

This year, the FBEM is more in-need than ever. They've distributed more than 25 million pounds of food since March, which is a 93% increase from this time last year. The pandemic has created a need that the food bank has never seen before - a lot of people are still out of work and struggling, or working multiple jobs and barely making ends meet.

Kara Ross, the president of the FBEM, was on our show this morning. She said, "We were trying to think of a way to still have the event and people love the handmade bowls. We thought we should still be able to highlight hunger during Hunger Action Month."

A bowl with a gourmet soup kit costs $30 and can be picked up, drive-thru style, at the Hunger Solution Center in Flint on Thursday, September 17th from 9 AM - 4 PM.

A time slot MUST be reserved with your ticket. To purchase yours and reserve your drive-thru time slot, click HERE.

There's also an online auction that you can participate in to help the Food Bank - view all of the items by clicking HERE.

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