Community members and artists gathered at the Main Library on April 8 for the annual Empty Bowls event benefiting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Empty Bowls is an international project created to fight hunger and is personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level, a news release said.

Each $20 ticket included one ceramic bowl of the ticket holder’s choice, created by a local artist, and a simple lunch by local participating restaurants and chefs. Additional bowls were available for purchase and could be filled with soup. The event also included live music, activities for children and a free meal for ages 12 and younger.

The event raised more than $20,000 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

More than $20,000 was raised, and proceeds are devoted to fighting hunger through the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Anyone interested in participating in next year’s Empty Bowls can email