This past year has been one like none other. As Iowans dealt with the repercussions of a once-a-century pandemic, which led to massive unemployment, this past fall and winter saw a record number of people seeking food assistance. The good news is COVID-19 cases are trending downward, jobs are starting to comeback, and vaccine access is more readily available. The bad news, is fellow Iowan's that are food insecure is un-likely to improve, especially without everyone's support. 

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank's biggest fundraiser of the year, Empty Bowls will take place entirely online this year. Their virtual event week is running now through this Friday, March 26th.  According to a press release: attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on both silent and live auction items.

Auction items will include electronics, artwork, jewelry, sports memorabilia, "experiences" and several gift certificates, many of which are from the local Cedar Valley businesses. Participants MUST register on-line here. You're encouraged to  register ASAP,  you can even sign-up during the event. However, registration ends on Wednesday, March 24th. But hurry, because some deals and items are only available on certain days.

Purchase a $20 general admission ticket that allows you to bid on the silent auction baskets, and you'll receive one raffle ticket for the drawing. A $40 VIP ticket allows to bid on the silent auction baskets, and you'll receive two raffle tickets for the drawing. Plus, you'll receive a VIP party box that includes two handmade clay bowls, two packages of soup mix, and other food bank materials.

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Be sure to the Food Bank on their various social media platforms to stay up to date on all the Empty Bowls happenings throughout the event week, as they raise awareness and educate the community on the issue of hunger.

As the Northeast Iowa Food Bank says, you can join "the fight against hunger by supporting our life-saving work. Together we can help our neighbors build a better future for themselves, their families and our community."


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