The Spring Gala Post-event Update

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On Saturday, June 2nd Empty Bowls Monongalia held its first annual Spring Gala at Benton Grove Bed and Banquets. Guests enjoyed a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, beverages, socializing, and music provided by Jenny Wilson. The light rain did not dampen the spirits of the attendees during the delicious buffet dinner and the incredible jazz of The Jared Sims Trio.

Throughout the evening, our emcee John Gaddis encouraged guests to place bids on silent auction items and to purchase raffle tickets. Jim Strawn held a lively auction of many unique items to conclude the program.

The Gala was deemed a success and will be an annual event! Everyone had a wonderful time, while raising about $18,000 to help support our mission. Thank you to everyone that attended and supported such a wonderful event.

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Recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Service Award

Governor's Service Award

Thanks for making this happen!

$89,085 Raised to Fight Local Hunger

11 Food Pantries providing support to 22,855 individuals
7 Feeding Programs providing 140,582 meals
3 Weekend Backpack Feeding Programs providing 7,000 backpacks

Recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Service Award

Thank you for your Leadership and Contribution!

We are the only organization in Monongalia County dedicated to raising money and awareness exclusively for food insecurity needs.

EB Governor’s Award Letter

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Empty Bowls potatoes

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In an area where food insecurity is a real and terrifying dilemma, two tons of potatoes can make a huge difference.

On May 20, just such a meaningful donation was made by Davis Farms, of Preston County. Empty Bowls volunteers Mike Mosser, Mike Miller and Tammy Miller picked up the potatoes at the farm, and along with Hazen Powell, Kathy Powell and Julie Harris, unloaded the potatoes at Scott’s Run Settlement House.

Using Scott’s Run Settlement House as a storehouse, several agencies were notified of the donation. By May 23, potatoes were dispersed to Bartlett House, Clay-Battelle, Caritas House, Catholic Charities, Christian Help and The Rack, all of which were able to distribute the potatoes to families in need.

Thanks to the generosity of Davis Farms, many families were not only fed, but also felt the warmth that comes from knowing that their community cares.

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Empty Bowls raises $78K

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Empty Bowls Monongalia (EBM) has had its most successful year yet in its ongoing fight against hunger.

EBM has been operating for seven years, with each year seeing marked increases in funds raised to combat food insecurity. In 2014, a total of $77,750 was raised, an $12,550 increase over last year.

The money raised was distributed to 21 agencies addressing three different types of need: Meal programs, food pantries and weekend backpack programs. All 18 recipients from 2013 reapplied and three new applicants were added in 2014.

Sundale Nursing Home Marketing Director Donna Tennant attributes the success of the fundraising to increased education on food insecurity.

“We’re always looking at other countries and they don’t have enough food, and we often don’t see it happening right here in our own communities,” she said.

Meals on Wheels, Bartlett House, Morgantown Community Kitchen, Clay-Battelle Family Services, Avery United Methodist Church Snack Pack Program and Rock Forge Presbyterian Food Pantry were a few of the groups that received funds from EBM.

Preparations are already under way for next year’s Empty Bowls luncheon, which will be held at the Mylan Park Event Center on Feb. 28, Tennant said.

“We’re motivated and determined to break the $100,000 barrier,” Tennant said. “We’re out to combat hunger. I believe we can raise $100,00. We’re going to.”

She also said the kick-off for next year’s fundraising will begin Sept. 18 at Monongalia General Hospital.

Those looking to volunteer or contribute are encouraged to visit ebmon.org to donate or contact Empty Bowls board members.

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It Takes Our Village to Feed the Hungry

Empty Bowls Monongalia (EBM) has been operating for 7 years, with each year realizing marked increases in funds raised to combat food insecurity in Monongalia County. 2014 has seen the largest increase yet, with a total of $77,750 – an impressive $12,550 over last year’s giving. The monies raised were distributed to 21 agencies addressing three different types of need: meal programs, food pantries, and weekend backpack programs. All 18 recipients from 2013 reapplied and 3 new applicants were added in 2014.

Meal Programs:

  • Salvation Army
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Bartlett House
  • Sarah’s Table
  • First Presbyterian Community Breakfast
  • Morgantown Community Kitchen
  • The Shack Neighborhood House Family Meals Initiative

Food Pantries:

  • Wellness Works Catholic Charities
  • Covenant EMC
  • Christian Help
  • St. Ursula’s
  • Clay-Battelle Family Services
  • Caritas House
  • Canyon Presbyterian Food Pantry
  • Rock Forge Presbyterian Food Pantry
  • The Rack-WVU
  • Arnettsville Food Pantry (formerly known as Starting Points)
  • Wadestown Food Pantry

Weekend Backpack Programs:

  • Scotts Run Backpack Program
  • Ridgedale Elementary Weekend Backpack Program
  • Avery United Methodist Church (UMC) Snack Pack Program

Each agency’s need was assessed based on specific criteria including number of people served, funding outside of EBM and information gleaned from onsite visits. The total amount of funds awarded to meal programs for 2014 was $23,000, with funds given to each individual meal program ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. The total amount of funds awarded to food pantries was $43,750, with funds awarded to individual food pantries between $2,000 and $6,000 each. The total amount of funds awarded to weekend backpack programs for 2014 was $11,000, with backpack programs awarded from $3,000 to $5,000 each.

The success of EBM is truly a community-wide endeavor. The tremendous impact, felt by so many, would be impossible without all of the volunteers, local artisans, corporate sponsors, hungry patrons, and the organizations coming together to serve the public.

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What Is A Potato Worth?

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In an area where food insecurity is a real and terrifying dilemma, two tons of potatoes can make a huge difference. On Tuesday, May 20, just such a meaningful donation was made by Davis Farms, of Preston County. Empty Bowls Volunteers Mike Mosser, Mike Miller, and Tammy Miller picked up the potatoes at the farm and along with Hazen Powell, Kathy Powell, and Julie Harris, unloaded the potatoes at Scott’s Run Settlement House.

Using Scott’s Run Settlement House as a storehouse, several agencies were notified of the donation. By Friday, May 23, potatoes were also dispersed to Bartlett House, Clay Battelle, Caritas House, Catholic Charities, Christian Help, and The Rack who were able to distribute the potatoes to their families in need. Thanks to the generosity of Davis Farms, many families were not only fed, but felt the warmth that comes with knowing that their community cares.

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