Updated: Sunday, 21 Nov 2010, 7:24 PM CST
Published : Sunday, 21 Nov 2010, 7:24 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Empty Bowl Project was the first of its kind in Texas.
People started lining up as early as 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning to grab some of the 53,000 of the artsy bowls crafted in every way from soup to nuts... for soup. About 250 gallons of soup made by 30 area chefs filled the bowls.
One Liberty Hill woman admitted that she made the trip to the Mexican American Cultural Center for the bowls.
"Actually I'm being selfish. This is my Christmas present to me." said Helen Moore of Liberty Hill.
Moore is also keenly aware that buying bowls decorated by local artisans and school kids means she is participating in a more selfless act.
The project has been changing lives since 1997 in ways that only Austin can: through art, good food and music.
"You've got a whole convergence here of potters, musicians, artists, the artisans who are actually making the soups themselves all coming together." said John Turner Director of Marketing for the Capital Area Food Bank.
This is the 14th annual Empty Bowl Project . Last year's event brought in 2,000 people and more than $71,000 for their cause.
Preliminarily, this year is shaping up to top that. The food bank says each $15 bowl sold provides 45 meals for hungry Texas kids.
"I think it's a good way to start the holiday season... giving back to the community." said Moore.
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