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Empty Bowls fundraiser brings in $25K for Atascadero homeless shelter

Posted at 7:15 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 21:52:05-04

The 4th Annual Empty Bowls event was held Thursday to benefit the ECHO homeless shelter in Atascadero.

This year, attendees were able to choose between lunch and dinner. A $25 ticket got them a meal of soup and bread and a handmade ceramic bowl to take home.

Organizers say they raised more than $25,000 for the shelter.

“It is a different type of shelter,” explained Wendy Lewis, El Camino Homeless Organization CEO. “It’s all about program-based, so case management, and they have a home for at least 90 days where they transform their lives. Last year, 112 people found a home of their own working with ECHO.”

More than 20 local restaurants contributed a variety of soups for the event.

Those who were unable to attend the event but would still like to donate can do so on the ECHO website.

The 4th Annual Empty Bowls event was held at Atascadero Bible Church. (Photo courtesy El Camino Homeless Organization)