Former Joplin resident Melissa Marcum, right, now of Kansas City, samples a bowl of loaded baked potato soup as Cheddar's volunteer Denise Coots assists during the 2019 Watered Gardens Empty Bowls Project on Thursday at Empire Market. Marcum was celebrating her birthday with a trip from Kansas City to attend the event, which she has long supported. Proceeds from the event go to battle hunger in the area. Also pictured is Watered Gardens employee Jack Girard.
Globe | Laurie Sisk