Penn College Students Make Soup, Bowls for Food Bank Fundraiser

Published 02.25.2016

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Students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among community groups that made soup and bowls for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s sold-out “Soup and a Bowl” fundraiser, held Feb. 19 in Williamsport.

The event, celebrating its 10th anniversary, features a variety of soups, breads and desserts. In addition to lunch, guests leave with a soup bowl donated by a local potter.

Three students in the college’s Diners Club cooked 20 gallons of mushroom bisque and tomato bisque for the event, while each of the 120 students taking the college’s introductory ceramics course in 2015 contributed a handmade bowl.

The Diners Club, made up mainly of students in the college’s hospitality-related majors, formed about four years ago and began volunteering for the cause, said the club’s co-adviser, Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

“We may not live in Williamsport, but we do spend a significant amount of time here,” Suchwala said. “It is up to us to leave a positive mark on the community, and this allows us to do so.”

Ceramics is a popular elective course at the college. Four sections of the class are taught by husband and wife duo Deborah L. and David A. Stabley. Deborah is a part-time instructor, and David is an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture.

“I have all my students make a bowl each year,” David Stabley said.

Proceeds from “Soup and a Bowl” help to support the work of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which distributes more than 40 million pounds of food and grocery products – equivalent to nearly 33 million meals – every year to more than 800 soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.

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