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Churches support elderly, working poor


SOLANA BEACH – Two churches raised more than $10,000 at an Oct. 18 dinner to benefit elderly, hungry and the working poor in San Diego.

Volunteers from Calvary Lutheran in Solana Beach and the Chinese Bible Church of San Diego served soup and bread provided by 27 local restaurants in ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artisans. Participants got to choose their bowls and take them home afterward. Entertainment was provided by The Big Decisions, a local band.

“I am so pleased to have participated in the Empty Bowls event,” County Supervisor Dave Roberts said. “Food insecurity is a real problem for real people, including families facing temporary financial hardship.

“Empty Bowls received great community support, which shows that by working together, we can make a real difference toward ending hunger,” Roberts said.

The event will benefit the Third Avenue Charitable Organization at First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego — a social ministry that provides free meals plus medical, dental and mental health care to people in need, regardless of their religious beliefs. The North County chapter of Thrivent Financial contributed $1,200 to the fund-raiser this year.

Created in 1990 by an art teacher in Michigan, Empty Bowls is now an international grass-roots effort to fight hunger.  For more information about contributing to TACO, visit

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