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Horizons empty bowls fundraiser highlights hunger problem in Adams County

It's a problem which affects one out of every ten people just in Adams County according to Feeding America, and Sunday, a local organization is looking to find ways to end the hunger problem in the area.

It was a crowd of hundreds inside Quincy High School's cafeteria Sunday afternoon, met by numerous volunteers and gallons of soup.  The empty bowls fundraiser is a way to raise money to help people in hard times.  For those who need Horizon's services, it makes a big difference, according to volunteer Lyndette Wright. 
"Well they've helped me through the past and I was homeless and I know how it was to not have a meal," Wright said. 
Without the help, Wright said her life would be in a completely different place. 

"I'd probably be back on the street.  They did play a major part and they even had a clothing pantry there and they had helped with food and clothing, so they've helped me a lot," she said. 

Horizons executive director Sarah Stephens said this is the largest fundraiser they have, ranging from soup to auctions and raffles.  She said her organization can't afford not to have this event.

"It would reduce the amount of food we could give away in the food pantry.  It would reduce the amount of food we could serve daily in the soup kitchen," Stephens said.

This is more than just a fundraiser.  It's also a way to get a message across. Stephens said everyone who came in Sunday also went home with an empty bowl. which symbolizes the fact that there are still people in Adams County who often go hungry.

"As we can bring a voice to the individuals struggling with hunger with a fundraiser like this, I think more and more people will become aware that there is a real need," Stephens said.

Stephens says she'd like to raise $30,000 this year.  She said the money goes to supplies for the food pantry and other various programs within Horizons. 
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