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FORT PIERCE, Fla. – March 12, 2024 – The 16th anniversary of the St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project, a cornerstone of community efforts against hunger on the Treasure Coast, took place on Saturday, March 9, at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market. This year’s event surpassed expectations, raising funds equivalent to 96,000 meals to support neighbors facing food insecurity and hunger across the Treasure Coast.

The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project merges the artistic talents of local students with the culinary expertise of nearby restaurants, spotlighting the harsh reality that one in four individuals on the Treasure Coast struggle with access to nutritious meals.

More than 500 ceramic bowls hand-crafted by St. Lucie County public and private school students were on display at the Farmers’ Market. All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank’s programs for children, seniors, veterans, and families in need of food.

“Treasure Coast Food Bank is proud to join forces with student artists and their educators from across St. Lucie County for our annual Empty Bowls event,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We love the creativity that the students put into their bowls. But we all know it’s not just a bowl. Together, we’re providing healthy meals for children, seniors, and families.”

The 16th Annual Empty Bowls Project was presented by the Silcox & Avonda Wealth Management Team of Raymond James.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 300 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a Partner Food Bank of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, or follow us @TCFoodbank on Facebook  or Twitter.