Press Release: RCFB Hosts Bigger Empty Bowls, Mar 5 & 6

Press Release: RCFB Hosts Bigger Empty Bowls, Mar 5 & 6
February 29, 2012 RCFB Admin

River City Food Bank Hosts Bigger Empty Bowls Fundraiser March 5-6

Venue Changed to More Spacious Convention Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif; (February 29, 2012) -Empty Bowls, River City Food Bank’s largest annual fundraiser, will be held Monday evening, March 5, and Tuesday lunchtime, March 6 in a new location, the Sacramento Convention Center. Tickets are $60 for the evening event and $30 for the luncheon event and are available online at

Proceeds from the event will purchase healthy food – including dairy and protein – for River City Food Bank’s emergency grocery program.

“We are excited to hold our event at the Sacramento Convention Center so that we can welcome more people and raise awareness about the reality of hunger in our community. We are especially thrilled to welcome Classique Catering as a major sponsor.  They will be providing the appetizers, soups and dessert for our Monday evening Soup Supper, which is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said River City Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Thomas.  “At the same time, we are grateful for the generosity of the Masonic Temple which has hosted Empty Bowls for the past six years.

Emergency food supplies have become increasingly important for area families whose incomes are falling too short to provide enough healthy food. In January, the food bank’s first month of operation in its new replacement building, nearly one-third of groceries distributed went to feed children.

This is the ninth year of Sacramento’s Empty Bowls event.  The original concept of a “simple soup lunch” – recreating the experience of a homeless person at a soup kitchen – has grown from 325 attendees to 1,250 last year.

At both the Monday evening supper and the Tuesday luncheon events, ticket admission includes a bowl handmade by local students and artists. Some of Sacramento’s finest local restaurants including Vizcaya , Lucca Restaurant, The Grange, Michelangelo’s,  R15, Greek Village Inn, Café Bernardo’s, Scott’s Seafood, Classique Catering and The Broiler donate gourmet soups for the event.

The event is designed to raise hunger awareness and funds for the fight against hunger in the Sacramento community.  River City Food Bank served over 47,000 area adults and children in 2011.


About River City Food Bank (

Started in 1968 as a food closet, River City Food Bank (RCFB) is the only Sacramento- area food bank open every weekday to anyone experiencing hunger from anywhere in Sacramento County.  RCFB offers nutritionally-balanced 3-day emergency food, as well as compassion…and hope. River City Food Bank lost its permanent location in a fire due to arson in October 2010 and re-opened in January in a new location at 1800 28th Street.