On Nov. 17, more than 500 people will sift through artisan-crafted bowls to find one that meets their fancy and share a meal of soup for the 2018 Empty Bowls charity event.

The Empty Bowls tradition began as a small project for artists and community members to support disadvantaged people who are experiencing hunger. The event has since grown, with 12 countries and several U.S. states participating, and it has raised millions of dollars for the cause.

The Emergency Food Network has hosted the Pierce County event for the past 19 years, and in 2017 alone raised more than $35,000, which translate to 175,000 meals for Pierce County residents in need.

Local potters, woodworkers, and glassblowers have worked over the last year making 1,000 handcrafted bowls for the Nov. 17 event, which is being held from 1-3 p.m. at the Charles Wright Academy. Admission is free, as is the soup, and the bowls start at $10 a piece. This year, participating restaurants — Café Pacific Catering, Chambers Bay Grill, Happy Belly, Indo Asian Street Eatery, Infinite Soups, Pacific Grill, Spring Lake Café, Stanley and Seaforts, The Swiss, and X-Group Restaurants — are donating soup. For more information, visit the Emergency Food Network.