Community members support Food Bank with 'Empty Bowls' event

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Before the doors opened at 11:00 a.m, community members lined up waiting for their chance see which bowls they wanted to take home.

"This is our 28th Annual Empty Bowls event where dozens of local potters come together including the UAF potters, they're called SCAG, they're up on the university, and then the Fairbanks potter guild come together. Actually we have some glass this year as well and they donate all of their goods for no cost to the Food Bank, we're able to sell them then and all the proceeds come right here," said Anne Weaver, CEO of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.

Long-time volunteer Stan Zielinski says he has people come up to him ten years later, saying they still have one of the bowls he made. "It's been a very satisfying thing for me all my life really," said Zielinski.

Members of the local Quota Club helped with hospitality, "this is a big community service project for us, so it's a lot of fun to come in and greet the people and say hello and get them through the door and get them all sugared up to buy lots of good stuff," said Pamela Dove, president of Quota International of the Tanana Valley.

Weaver says this event generally brings in around $20,000 dollars that goes straight towards feeding those in need. "So as everybody knows this is kind of a tough economic time, we've got good years and harder years, this is one of the harder years, all of the proceeds that come through to this event goes straight to feeding the folks that are just having a bad day," said Weaver.

With all of the donations from the community, the money from each empty bowl goes straight towards filling someone's plate with food.