In 2011, there were 7,559 families served by both the Kiwanis and Plateau Outreach Ministries food banks combined. Break that apart into single individuals and the number grows to 21,477 people who received food from the food banks last year.
On the other hand, that need was met by 232,38 tons of donated food and 8,671 volunteer hours last year.
That says something about the heart of the Plateau community, which will be on full display this March 1 during the second annual Empty Bowls event in Enumclaw.
For an admission of $20 per person, you are invited to take part in a simple meal and to taken home as a souvenir a one-of-a-kind bowl created by a local artist to serve as a reminder of continued hunger issues around the world.
The artists are representative of a number of organizations including the Enumclaw School District, Arts Alive and the Green River Community College Pottery Department.
Proceeds go directly back to local food banks. Last year's event raised and organizers hope you'll participate this year.
For more information, visit www.emptybowlswa.org.