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Bowls serve as reminder of poverty, hunger

Annual fundraiser aims to feed the hungry

8:48 PM, Oct. 16, 2013
Cabrini Brandl paints a bowl at Clay Corner Studio in Stevens Point to be used at the Empty Bowls of Portage County fundraiser on Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High.
Cabrini Brandl paints a bowl at Clay Corner Studio in Stevens Point to be used at the Empty Bowls of Portage County fundraiser on Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High.
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Anticipation for the annual Empty Bowls of Portage County fundraiser begins long before the doors open each year, and organizers say much of that excitement is based on one thing - the dinnerware.

Volunteers from throughout the community create about 1,300 bowls each year for the fundraiser, which will celebrate its 12th year Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High. Those bowls - of all shapes, colors and sizes - are filled with soup at the event, and then people are able to take them home as a reminder of poverty and hunger in Portage County.

"The event opens at 11 a.m., and by 9:30 a.m. people ...

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