A pottery studio in Kew Gardens is using empty bowls to help fill food pantries.

The Potter's Wheel held its fifth annual Empty Bowls event at Austin's Ale House Wednesday. The event raises money to fight hunger.

Volunteers created more than 160 ceramic bowls. Those bowls were then sold, filled with soup, to raise money for the River Fund and other food banks.

“A couple of potters in our studio mentioned the effort to help address hunger in our local communities,” said Grace Anker, owner of the Potter's Wheel. “So it just seemed like a wonderful way for us to give back.”

“Every dollar that we get donated yields twenty dollars’ worth of food,” added Swami Durga Das, CEO of the River Fund.

Empty Bowls events have raised millions of dollars for organizations fighting hunger in more than 100 countries.