Share-a-Bowl serves community a chance to help combat local hunger

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An estimated 360 people turned out Sunday for Share’s soup event aimed at fighting hunger in the Vancouver area.

Share-a-Bowl at Skyview High School grossed $30,000, said Jessica Lightheart, the agency’s community relations director.

Proceeds will provide money for three efforts: the Hunger Initiative, which provides hot meals at Share House downtown; the Children’s Backpack Program that provides food for children to take home; and Summer Slam, a nutrition and education program for gradeschoolers.

“It was a great crowd and we had some great speakers” who talked about hunger in Clark County, Lightheart said.

The winner of three soups was the Cannelini Bean with Spicy Sausage Tramezzino by Troy Lucio of Gray’s at the Park.

Jillian Provience was named the Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year.

Share has two benefits coming up: Fire in the Park at Esther Short Park on July 21 and Hoops on the River at Vancouver Landing on the weekend of Aug. 17-19.

Share was founded in 1979 to care for the homeless and hungry in the Vancouver area. The agency operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, a street outreach program and other services. You can learn more at http://sharevancouver.org.