Garry Taylor of Bowling Green has been an amateur potter for 10 years and now he’s using that skill to raise money to fight hunger.

While living in New Hampshire, Taylor learned about Empty Bowls, an international effort to end hunger with fundraising events around the world. He’s organizing an Empty Bowls fundraiser in Bowling Green, along with other members of his church, St. James United Methodist, where the event will take place Feb. 13.

“I like that they do so much to help out in the community,” Taylor said of the church.

Organizers of each Empty Bowls fundraiser decide which charities the money will go to, he said. He plans to split money raised at the Bowling Green Empty Bowls event between HOTEL INC’s Manna Mart program and Life Care Ministry, which is run by University Church of Christ, he said.

“Local food banks do a tremendous job of helping out, but they need help, too,” Taylor said.

Taylor is seeking donations of handcrafted bowls from local potters in time for the fundraiser, he said. Professional, amateur and student potters in the area are all welcome to donate.

“We’re looking to get as many potters to donate bowls as possible,” Taylor said.

At the fundraiser, guests will be asked to donate $15 and select one of the bowls, from which they will eat soup during the event and take home afterward, he said.

“They keep the bowl as a reminder throughout the year that there are people in the community that need help,” Taylor said.

Guests benefit by getting a meal and a bowl, while HOTEL INC and Life Care Ministry benefit by getting money for their programs, he said.

“Every penny that comes in goes to the food banks,” Taylor said.

Though the problem of hunger can’t be solved by one person alone, “if we all contribute a little bit, we can make a difference,” he said.

To find out more about Empty Bowls, visit www.emptybowlsbg.com. To find out about opportunities to volunteer at the event or donate a bowl, contact Taylor by email at garry.taylor@emptybowlsbg.com or by phone at 843-4550.

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