Marshall ceramics fundraising event raises nearly $18K for food pantry

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HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — Marshall University ceramics students have raised nearly $18,000 for a food pantry.

The university says the 2015 Empty Bowls event raised enough money to allow the Facing Hunger Foodbank to provide more than 106,000 meals.

Students created about 1,200 ceramic bowls, and an additional 300 were donated by local potters and others. For a $15 donation, patrons received a handcrafted ceramic bowl and a modest lunch meant to emulate a soup kitchen meal. More than 100 students and community volunteers ran the event.

The Facing Hunger Foodbank serves more than 113,000 people in 17 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

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