Hundreds Support Empty Bowl Fundraiser

PANAMA CITY - A local school is doing its part to fight hunger and poverty.

The Chatauqua Learn and Serve School sponsored its annual "Empty Bowl" soup supper Tuesday at the Bay High School cafeteria.

Students and volunteers sold clay bowls by Bay District School students. Individuals paid $5 apiece, or $20 for a family.

Then they ate signature soups donated by local restaurants. There was also a silent auction. All the money is going to two local charities.

"The money goes toward the Panama City Rescue Mission and the Hiland Park Transformational Recovery Center and with those organizations help people maybe find resources, get back on their feet and also just serve meals so that they that nobody goes hungry," said Ophelia Garcia-Lawler, Student Event Coordinator.

Organizers expected to raise about $3,000 to fight hunger.