Empty Bowls is a grass roots community event started in the 1990s in Michigan by two teachers.  Since then the event has spread to communities nation-wide.  Seven years ago, two intrepid volunteers took up the charge and started Empty Bowls in the Robbinsdale School District to support PRISM and NEAR food shelves, both of which serve families who live within the district.  Last year, almost $20,000 was raised to help alleviate hunger in our community.  This year the need in our community is even greater and the goal is to raise $25,000.