The ninth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was Feb. 15 in the Commons at Van Buren High School. The event is a fundraiser for 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.

The $15 ticket included a ceramic bowl handmade by VBHS art students and a dinner of vegetable beef soup and homemade bread.