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Maribeth Phillips, the president and CEO of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, says the nonprofit is always ready to pivot and alter plans to ensure Empty Bowls happens.

Soup-er fundraiser in Lakewood Ranch

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Maribeth Phillips, the president and CEO of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, says the nonprofit is always ready to pivot and alter plans to ensure Empty Bowls happens.

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Lakewood Ranch's Terry Gubbins takes a ceramic bowl from Cindy Sloan, the general manager of the Food Bank of Manatee.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Lakewood Ranch's Terry Gubbins takes a ceramic bowl from Cindy Sloan, the general manager of the Food Bank of Manatee.

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Each person that goes through the Empty Bowls drive-thru is able to pick out a handmade ceramic bowl.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Each person that goes through the Empty Bowls drive-thru is able to pick out a handmade ceramic bowl.

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This year's Empty Bowls is a drive-thru event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

This year's Empty Bowls is a drive-thru event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sabal Harbour's Joe Angers waves to volunteers as he goes through the drive-thru. Angers usually volunteers for Empty Bowls but couldn't because of COVID-19.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Sabal Harbour's Joe Angers waves to volunteers as he goes through the drive-thru. Angers usually volunteers for Empty Bowls but couldn't because of COVID-19.

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Caryn Hodge, the marketing director for Mattison's, pours some tomato gorgonzola bisque into a to-go cup.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Caryn Hodge, the marketing director for Mattison's, pours some tomato gorgonzola bisque into a to-go cup.

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Evan Percoco and Chrystie Ramsey with Atypical Kitchen are excited to serve people during Empty Bowls.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Evan Percoco and Chrystie Ramsey with Atypical Kitchen are excited to serve people during Empty Bowls.

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Evan Percoco with Atypical Kitchen makes a serving of soup that has smoke pork and green chili with kotija, sour cream and cilantro.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Evan Percoco with Atypical Kitchen makes a serving of soup that has smoke pork and green chili with kotija, sour cream and cilantro.

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Justin Gorrell, a managing partner with Metro Diner, serves roasted corn and shrimp chowder.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Justin Gorrell, a managing partner with Metro Diner, serves roasted corn and shrimp chowder.

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Ceramic bowls are a staple of Empty Bowls.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Ceramic bowls are a staple of Empty Bowls.

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Christina Atkinson, an executive assistant at Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, puts a note on the windshield to show what type of soup people want.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Christina Atkinson, an executive assistant at Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, puts a note on the windshield to show what type of soup people want.

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Bill Grenier, the chief financial officer of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manate, directs people to the next step in the drive-thru.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Bill Grenier, the chief financial officer of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manate, directs people to the next step in the drive-thru.

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Lakewood Ranch's Nina Williams and Ruby Olegario and her dog, Dori, make a donation to Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee after seeing the line of cars for Empty Bowls while enjoying lunch on Main Street at Lakewood RAnch.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Lakewood Ranch's Nina Williams and Ruby Olegario and her dog, Dori, make a donation to Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee after seeing the line of cars for Empty Bowls while enjoying lunch on Main Street at Lakewood RAnch.

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Amy Towery, the vice president of development for Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, showcases some of the bowls as people come through the drive-thru.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 |

Amy Towery, the vice president of development for Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, showcases some of the bowls as people come through the drive-thru.

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