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Sold out Empty Bowls event raises money to provide shelter and services

ECHO Empty Bowls event
Posted at 3:16 PM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-30 10:26:36-04

A locally-based homeless shelter hosted its annual Empty Bowls event in Atascadero on Thursday.

El Camino Homeless Organization presented the drive-thru fundraiser offering meals for $50 and $60, including the souvenir bowl.

All 150 tickets were sold for the $60 price point so everyone went home with a bowl of their own.

Local restaurants donated the family meals, which included soup and bread for four, as well as dessert.

ECHO says in all, the even raised more than $50,000, which will help provide meals for hundreds of people.

ECHO operates three overnight shelters in Atascadero and Paso Robles to meet the immediate needs of families and individuals who have become homeless.

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*This story has been updated to include the total amount raised was $50,000, not $9,000, and to clarify that Thursday's event did not feed the homeless but was a fundraiser for the homeless.