Bowls of Hope

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 24, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend says one in four children, one in six families and elderly in the Big Bend area do not know where their next meal will come from.

Thursday, the Florida Capitol courtyard turned into a soup kitchen, to raise awareness of hunger.

There's nothing like a good bowl of soup.

Tallahassee resident Kate Burns says, "I am an intern and I am broke. So, when I hear about free food in the courtyard, I tend to go."

Second Harvest says too many people in the Big Bend area are more than just broke. To raise awareness about hunger...the food bank held the Eighth annual "Bowls of Hope" event in the courtyard of the Florida Capitol Thursday.

Organizers say 98,000 people in Second Harvest's eleven-county coverage area face hunger.

"Just to put that in perspective, if you've ever been to a football game at Doak Campbell Stadium, it seats 83,000 people. So, imagine sitting there with a full house and you add 15,000 people to that, and everybody in that stadium does not know where their next meal is coming from." Says, Rich English, Second Harvest of the Big Bend C.E.O.

Signature soups from various local restaurants were served for free. There was tomato, chicken noodle, lentil, even a cheeseburger soup.

Organizers say while one bowl of soup won't end hunger, it's a great start. English says, "The need is so great and we just don't generate enough food donations and monetary donations to be able to serve everyone. However, what we do know is that we helped somebody."
Second Harvest also uses the "Bowls of Hope" event to speak to legislators about the need for funding.

If you'd like to donate to the food bank, find out how at www.fightinghunger.org.


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