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Maria Tice of Goshen reacts with glee as she tries to select the right bowl at the 13th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Tice attended the event with her family. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Ebba Gurney, center, tastes a piece of bread as she eats with her cousin Pippin Stutsman, left, at the Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Hundreds gathered to select a handmade bowl from the Clay Artists Guild then have it filled with soup from a local restaurant. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Goshen resident Kelli Chupp, right, smiles as she tries to decide on which bowl to purchase at the Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Hundreds gathered to select a handmade bowl from the Clay Artists Guild then have it filled with soup from a local restaurant. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Adam Tice carefully holds two bowls as he winds through the Goshen Farmer's Market with his family at the Empty Bowl event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Tice was carrying a bowl for his young son. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A trio of bowls await purchase at the Empty Bowl event at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Clay Artist Guild created about 1,000 bowls for the event. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Maria Tice of Goshen pauses as she tries to select the right bowl at the 13th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Tice attended the event with her family. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Six-year-old Sophia Barber is surrounded by tables full of bowls and adults reaching for them as a long line of diners wind their way through the Goshen Farmer's Market at the annual Empty Bowl event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Six-year-old Sophia Barber smiles after finding her bowl at the Goshen Farmer's Market at the annual Empty Bowl event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Eight-year-old Natalie Atwater carefully balances a bowl on a tray and her coat on her head as she and her family from LaGrange near the end of the line at the Empty Bowl event at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Hundreds of diners shuffled through a long line to find a bowl before having dinner served in it. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Volunteer Jessica Koscher changes a soup selection on the menu board during the 13th annual Empty Bowl event at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A long line snakes away from the Goshen Farmer's Market to the east as diners wait to enter the 13th annual Empty Bowl event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The event anticipated having nearly 800 diners participate in the fundraiser. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Empty Bowl Project fills a need
Posted on Feb. 22, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

Diners gathered at the 13th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market on Saturday, Feb. 22, to enjoy dinner, music and to select just the right bowl. The project brings together bowls created by the Clay Artists Guild that are then purchased by diners and filled with one of several types of soup from area restaurants. The often busy farmer's market was filled to the brim with diners, volunteers and musicians, who add to the festivities.

Clay Artist Guild volunteer Jessica Koscher estimated the number of diners attending the event would reach 800. The guild had 1,000 bowls on hand for the fundraiser. It served on average 100 people every 30 minutes. It served 100 in 20 minutes at one point Saturday. The guild staffs 30 volunteers with additional help coming from friends and family.

The money raised helps Interfaith Hospitality Network provide temporary housing for homeless people with jobs who are looking for permanent housing.