LINWOOD — When the weather outside is frightful, a bowl of soup can be delightful — and a fundraiser Sunday afternoon will give guests a chance to taste 25 different soups all in one place, and all for a good cause.

Celebrating January as soup month, the Empty Bowls fundraiser, set for noon-3 p.m. at Seaview Elementary School in Linwood, will feature soups from restaurants and caterers throughout the region. They will include Sofia’s Greek lemon soup, potato soup from The Cheeseboard, Spadafora’s lobster bisque and more.

The fundraiser, a collaborative effort between students and art teachers at Seaview, Belhaven Middle School, Mainland Regional High School and the Linwood PTO, has been in the planning stage for months. The Empty Bowls project is an international movement to fight hunger by raising awareness that hunger exists even in local communities, according to PTO co-president Jessica Goldstein, one of the organizers.

The event will help fight hunger in the immediate community, with proceeds going to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch and the Jewish Family Service Pantry in Margate.

Students have been making and decorating ceramic bowls in the art rooms at all three schools under the direction of the art teachers Kim Petrella, Robin Moore, Lauren Ashley and Lori Vanini.

The bowls are bright, bold and stacked up for patrons to choose one or more to take home from Sunday’s event. While they won’t be used on Sunday for guests to enjoy their soup, they will be able to use them at home for years to come, where Petrella and Goldstein said they hope the bowls will be a reminder that anyone can do something to help fight hunger in their community.

Beth Joseph, JFS director of communications and donor relations, said Jewish Family Service appreciates being chosen as a beneficiary. Linwood students and staff give back to the community throughout the year in a variety of ways including food drives, sock collection and now this event, she said.

The JFS food pantry serves more than 2,000 people annually, according to Joseph, and in 2017 it provided essential food for more than 660 children. In addition to the monthly pantry distribution, the organization provided more than 500 complete Thanksgiving or holiday meals.

For a donation of $10, guests Sunday can choose one of the more than 300 handmade bowls and sample as many of the soups as they want, along with fresh crusty breads. There will be a bake sale during the event, along with live music.

Participating restaurants

Gregory’s: chicken and gumbo soup

Downbeach Deli: sweet and sour cabbage soup

Steve and Cookie's: broccoli cheddar soup

Dock’s Oyster House: New England clam chowder

Greens and Grains: vegetarian roasted sweet potato and red pepper soup

The Spot: corn chowder

Sofia’s: Greek lemon soup

Bare Knuckle Café: winter butternut squash and lentil soup

Spadafora’s: lobster bisque

One Wish Catering: chicken and shrimp gumbo

La Pizza Tega: vegetable minestrone

Fresco’s: black bean soup

The Cheeseboard: potato soup

Los Amigos: vegan black bean

Other restaurants that will be providing soup but had not confirmed the type are Carluccio’s, Rose’s Garden Grill, Tomatoe’s, Ventura’s Offshore, Stir it up Catering, Ladle of Luv, Charlie’s, Ernest and Son, Valentina’s and Windjammer.

Hammerbacher in Egg Harbor City, Barefoot Market in Ocean City, 4211 in Ventnor and others will donate rustic breads and challah.

Seaview School is at 2015 Wabash Ave. For information or to make a donation email

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