Despite rains, the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefiting the Zachary Food Pantry on April 16 was a success, said Chloe McCleary, an art teacher at Zachary High School.

McCleary, along with fellow art teachers Mandy Bradley and Megan Buccere, organize the annual fundraiser, which is a national grassroots effort to end hunger at the local level.

Art students handcrafted 400 ceramic pottery bowls for the event by molding, painting and kilning during their art classes.

“We sold out of the 250 tickets we had, so I’d call that a success,” McCleary said.

Attendees paid $10 for a ticket, which guaranteed a pottery bowl of their choosing as well as gumbo, silent auction and music by the Brother’s Bear.

Zachary High Beta Club students participated by helping unpack and pack up the bowls and by manning the gumbo lines at the event.

Once the final figures have been tallied and all donations have been counted, a check will be presented to the Zachary Food Pantry, McCleary said.

This is the fifth year for the Empty Bowls event made possible by the ZHS art department and students.