By WVUA 23 Reporter Olivia Whitmire and WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams IIIDo you know how far $12 can go?Broken down, it can buy one box of cereal for 66 households, 200 apple sauce cups or even 525 packets of oatmeal. For $12 a household can also receive a bag full of food.Grace Presbyterian Church hosted their Empty Bowls fundraiser Friday to help raise awareness for those in the Tuscaloosa area going hungry. The goal for the annual fundraiser is to help end hunger that many households face in the local community.“The people that can afford a $12 ticket to come to an event like this are getting good soup, they’re getting a nice bowl,” said Jennifer Sheppard, the manager of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. “But there are so many people in this community that don’t have that option, so I like showing people what we’re doing so that they can get involved and the more money we can bring in the more we can do for the community.”Participants at this event ate a small portion of soup, bread, and water. They also took home a homemade ceramic bowl, which was supposed to serve as a reminder for participants that there people are going hungry.“This program brings out awareness so the community can actually see how many people that there are that we serve just with our own food pantry,” said Rebecca Minder, a food pantry volunteer. “There’s other opportunities for people in the community to get food from other food pantries, but to at least see that there are a lot of people in our community that go without.”All the proceeds from the event go straight to the self-funded Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and the money raised should fund at least one month of food distribution. The pantry gives out an average of 300-400 bags each month helping families all over Tuscaloosa.The food pantry’s next distribution date is set for May 8 at Grace Presbyterian Church, which is located at 113 Hargrove Road.