Empty Bowls will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Commons at Van Buren High School.

The ninth annual event is a fundraiser for the the Community Services Clearinghouse’s “Meals for Kids” backpack program in the Van Buren School District.

Meals for Kids provides a backpack full of food on Friday afternoons to students who would otherwise not have adequate nutrition until they returned to school on Monday morning, said Kara Holland, VBHS art teacher.

Tickets are $15, which includes a handmade ceramic bowl and dinner of vegetable beef soup and homemade bread.

Holland said guests are invited to choose a ceramic bowl that has been handcrafted by Van Buren High School students and a few guest artists.

“Guests will then share a dinner of soup and bread with other community members,” she said. “After dinner, attendees will take the bowls home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Center for Art and Education, VBHS front office and the Community Services Clearinghouse in Fort Smith.

For more information, e-mail kara.holland@vbsd.us.