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Mar 27, 2020

RFH High School Raises Nearly $10K to Feed Those in Need

Now in its sixth year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School allows community members to enjoy a delicious meal so those in need can do the same.

This year’s event was held on March 5 and raised $9,350 through collections, online donations and a generous grant. All proceeds will benefit Fufill, formerly known as the Food Bank of Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

Empty Bowls is named for the situation faced by many local families struggling to put food on the table. Each year, the RFH Empty Bowls fundraiser is open to the public and features beautiful original artwork in the form of soup bowls created by RFH ceramics students.

For just $10, attendees can purchase one of the bowls, as well as delicious and unlimited soup, bread and dessert donated by the community. The night, staffed by RFH Key Club members and enhanced by the talents of student musicians, has become one that is highly anticipated and brings the arts, charitable giving and community members together for a wonderful cause.

This year’s Empty Bowls event was made possible by RFH art teacher Zachary Wilson, along with Marianne and Joe Velcamp, Janis Kenny, Tricia Zifchak, and many student and parent volunteers. Donations of new or gently used books for Bridge of Books Foundation were also collected at the event.

The Empty Bowls Project, now in its 29th year, is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. To learn more, visit