Another successful Empty Bowls Luncheon is in the books! This was our 31st year, believe it or not — and because of that long history in Jacksonville, Empty Bowls has become a multi-generational tradition for many local families. This year was no exception, with some 700+ people coming to select ceramic bowls handcrafted by local students, and peruse the many beautiful artist-made bowls available for purchase or bid in our silent auction. Everyone enjoyed the simple lunch provided by Chik-Fil-A and Corner Bakery, as well. But the real purpose of the event is to highlight the critical work that Lutheran Social Services does in the community on issues like hunger, HIV/AIDS, homelessness prevention, and refugee services. Special thanks to First Coast News’ Jeannie Blaylock for serving as our emcee, and to all our sponsors. Were you at Empty Bowls? Check out these links to see if you were featured in any of the news stories on the event: WJXT; Jacksonville.com; and more to come soon!