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Students Contribute Handmade Bowls For Anti-Hunger Event

For the past several years art students have participated in the Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots awareness and fundraising effort to fight hunger, and this year Loomis students more than doubled the school's contribution to 80 handmade ceramic bowls for the annual event.

As in years past, Ceramics II students created bowls for donation, but this year the student-run Clay Club and a number of freshman volunteers contributed as well. Participating students "throw," decorate, and then donate their ceramics bowls for the fundraising event in support of Foodshare, a regional community food bank that serves Hartford and Tolland counties.

The local Empty Bowls Project event will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Center of Manchester Community College in Manchester, Conn. For a donation of $15, each guest selects a hand-crafted bowl donated by various schools, organizations, and artists from across the region. Along with the bowl, guests are served a hearty meal of soups, breads, desserts, and beverages served by MCC's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students. The guests take home the ceramic bowls when they have finished the meal.

All proceeds from the event go to help Foodshare feed some of the estimated 127,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties who are food insecure — meaning they lack dependable access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

"I am very proud of my students and grateful for the additional support from student volunteers this year," says Jennifer McCandless, director of the Visual Arts Department and ceramics teacher. "I hope that the fundraising event will be a huge success."

photo by senior Cathy Hyeon

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