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Empty Bowls – Ceramics Students Unite for a Cause

Screenshot Image from Roberto Lugo's Interview With Channel 6 News

The Penn State School of Visual Arts Ceramics Club is working on a special project to help raise money for the Faith Centre Food Bank in Bellefonte, which serves 800 people per month. Organizer Roberto Lugo, graduate student in SoVA’s M.F.A. program, is leading the cause with the able support of the Ceramics Club. Lugo, who grew up in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood, remembers the experience of receiving food from local food pantries himself and is dedicated to giving back to his community.

Lugo, along with his fellow studio artists, has a mission to make 100 ceramic bowls to help raise money for the Faith Centre Food Bank. Each bowl will sell for $25, which includes an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner at the Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte, from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 19. All funds raised will directly benefit the food bank. The students’ goal is to reach $3,000. The SoVA community is uniting to help with this project by making and decorating the bowls.

The Centre Daily Times recently covered this effort. Read more here: