LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

La Crosse residents are helping to feed those in need by eating today.

For $15, you can pick out a bowl made by a local potter to eat unlimited soup donated by local restaurants. Volunteers helped to make 1,100 bowls for the soup dinner, and the event raised about $9,000.

The Empty Bowls event is hosted by Generous Earth Pottery and raises money for the Channel One Regional Food Bank.

"This is a really important event, because there's many people that are struggling with hunger in our area,” said Karen Bressi, owner of Generous Earth. “Channel 1 Food Bank serves 13 counties, so they distribute food to several counties in the area where people need their shelves filled."

This is the first year Generous Earth has put on the Empty Bowls fundraiser.