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Empty Bowl Luncheon, in 6 photos
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The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's annual Empty Bowl Lunch fundraiser is held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. - photo by Scott Rogers

Almost 1,000 guests attended the Georgia Mountain Food Bank's annual Empty Bowl Luncheon fundraiser Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. The event raised enough money to provide more than 773,590 meals to those in need throughout Hall, Lumpkin, Union, Dawson and Forsyth counties, with the live auction alone raising enough for 66,000 meals. 

“In the past 11 years, Georgia Mountain Food Bank has become an essential ingredient for so many food insecure families and individuals in the five counties that we serve. Even in the growing economy that we’re currently experiencing, there are still literally thousands of people who struggle to put any food at all on the table, much less a healthy, nutritious meal,” said Kathleen Owens, the food bank's board chair. “Through programs such as the school backpack program, prescriptive food boxes, and Neighborhood Fresh, we’re working hard to alleviate that essential need. Of course, in order to accomplish this vital mission, we need the support of everyone who is able to help. Empty Bowl is the only major fundraiser for the food bank each year, and we wouldn’t be able to realize our goals without the enthusiastic support we receive from our community through the immediate funds raised at the event and the pledge commitments which sustain us through the year.”  

This year, the Mike Banks Reflections of the Heart award was given in memory of philanthropist Mike Banks of Gainesville to Katie Dubnik. Other awards were presented to the corporate volunteer of the year Jenson Hauling and volunteer of the year Rodney Greene.

Compiled from a Georgia Mountain Food Bank news release.

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Visitors to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank's annual Empty Bowl Luncheon fundraiser browse through the hand-painted bowls Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. - photo by Scott Rogers
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The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Phil Dennis displays a bowl painted by Gov. Brian Kemp as it goes up for bids Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, during the auction portion of the annual Empty Bowl Luncheon fundraiser at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Georgia Mountain Food Bank Empty Bowl Luncheon auctioneer Doug Carter, left, calls for bids on bowls with help from John Uhey Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. - photo by Scott Rogers
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John Uhey holds up a bowl for bids during the auction portion of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank Empty Bowl Luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Georgia Mountain Food Bank Empty Bowl Luncheon auctioneer Doug Carter, left, calls for bids on bowls up for auction with help from John Uhey on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. - photo by Scott Rogers
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DeDe Forrester browses through the hand-painted bowls Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Technical College during the annual Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Empty Bowl Luncheon fundraiser. - photo by Scott Rogers
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