SARASOTA- After 2 years off due to the pandemic, the All Faiths Food Bank's ‘Bowls of Hope’ event is back.

Here at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, some of the community’s best restaurants and caterers served delicious meals.

The ‘Bowls of Hope’ event took place at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota and completely sold out.

About 900 guests visited the event.

Guests could also come and select handcrafted bowls to take home.

“Doing this is so important to the community, that people are hungry, and this is something we could do that will have an immediate impact on people and make an immediate difference in people's lives," said CEO of All Faiths Food Bank, Sandra Frank.

40 different restaurants and caterers attended and local potters, artists, and students donated handcrafted bowls.

Restaurants were so happy to be a part of ending hunger in the community.

“It’s something we’ve done many times in the past. It’s near and dear to our hearts, we’re trying to give back to the community. We do very well in the community and we just want to do our part,” said Brian Smith, managing partner of the Sarasota Bonefish Grill.

“When we get to do these events, which we do a lot, we’ve done four in the last nine days, it makes us feel good. We want to get out there, we want to support, we want to be seen. We want people to see that Bonefish is active,” said Larry Roushia of Bonefish Grill.

With the effects of Hurricane Ian, the community’s support for All Faiths Food Bank’s work was needed more than ever, and the community definitely showed up.

All Faiths Food Bank has been hosting the ‘Bowls of Hope’ event for about twenty years.

The event was a great way to bring the community together and make an impact on so many people's lives.