COOS BAY -- Hundreds of residents gathered last weekend for a soup buffet, silent auction, and the opportunity to take home a hand crafted soup bowl. Organizers released Friday the final tally from that fundraiser.

The "Empty Bowls" event on May 3 raised more than $5,000, which translates to almost 18 tons of food that will go to help South Coast Food Share feed the hungry in our communities.

The Oregon Coast Community Action fundraiser, which exists through a partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College, Bay Area Potters and 7 Devils Brewing Co., starts with the hand-crafting of hundreds of ceramic bowls.

ORCCA credits the hard work done by the Bay Area Potters, who created an estimated 600 bowls for the event.

Deborah Ross, ORCCA development director, says it was wonderful to partner, once again, with the Bay Area Potters.

"We are looking forward to the Empty Bowls event being held annually to benefit the families served by the South Coast Food Share," she added.

Organizers were also quick to point out that it couldn't have been a success without the community doing its part.

ORCCA's Greg McKenzie says the support was wonderful. "It is this spirit of volunteerism and community that makes this area such a great place to live. Without your help we could not do the work we are doing."

Last fiscal year South Coast Food Share, a regional member of the Oregon Food Bank, distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food to the network of 28 partner agencies.

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