Empty Bowls Raises $129,000 to Fight Homelessness in Durham

15 local restaurants participate in event
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Photo courtesy of Urban Ministries of Durham

Urban Ministries of Durham raised $129,000 at Empty Bowls 2019, its signature event that raises money to provide food, shelter and case management for the city’s homeless community. Attendees enjoyed soup creations from 15 local restaurants, catering services and a food truck on March 7 at the Durham Convention Center. MEZ Contemporary Mexican won the Judges’ Award and the Durham Convention Center earned top honors in the People’s Choice voting. Attendees who purchased certain tickets took home a locally crafted bowl made of clay or wood as a reminder of the needs of others in the community. Learn more at umdurham.org.


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