- Harrison Berry
- For Duane Andrews (right) and so many like him, Empty Bowls is a holiday tradition.
"We love the idea of feeding our bellies but also feeding our souls, I guess," Anders said. "We're hungry to make a difference."
According to the Idaho Foodbank, one in seven Idahoans will face food insecurity this year, and the goal with Empty Bowls, now in its 19th year, is to raise $40,000 for the organization—last year, the event pulled in $35,000. Idaho Foodbank spokesman Mike Sharp couldn't say how many people came to Empty Bowls this year, but he said a line had formed to get into the event well before the first soup had been ladled.
"[The line] was back behind Lucky Finns before we even opened," Sharp said. "The weather helps."