They call the project "Empty Bowls," a local program started by Floyd potter McCabe Coolidge and his wife Karen Day. Along with New River Community Action and a lot of volunteers who cook soup, bake bread, concoct desserts and help put the event together, the project raised more than $5,000 this year for the "Backpacks for Kids" project that provides backpacks with food for needy children.

The crowd gathered before the doors officially opened at 11 a.m. at The Jacksonville Center Sunday and the soup and food flowed.

For $10, eaters picked out their own bowls and then picked from a variety of soups while listening to music from local musicians.

This is the second year for what is now a firmly-established annual event on Floyd County’s charity schedule.

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