Feeding South Dakota holds 6th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

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RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA TV) - More than a hundred people gathered to support the fight against hunger, at Feeding South Dakota's 6th annual empty bowls fundraiser.

Empty bowls took place the Surbeck Center at the School of Mines campus.

For an admission fee, supporters received a painted bowl and some tasty soup for lunch.

More than 550 bowls were painted by community volunteers. The donations go towards the Feeding South Dakota Backpack Program, which provides meals during weekends and holidays for children who are at risk of going hungry when school is not in session.

"Each and every year we seem to have grown the size of this event and that's our goal, is to continue to grow it and to raise more of those dollars. Those dollars go to help impact the life of a child in our community and I cant think of a better reason or a better cause, than making sure the kids in our community have food to eat on the weekends," Matt Gassen the CEO for Feeding South Dakota.

The backpack program provides 1,800 children with food each week.